Petalostigma Pubescens ’Quinine bush' Seeds

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Petalostigma Pubescens ’Quinine bush' - 10x Seeds

A shrub with an abundance of traditional uses. Also known as Quinine berry, Quinine tree, Bitter Bark, Downy Cracker Bush, Forest Quinine, Red hearted Forest Quinine, Strychnine Tree, Wild Quinine and even Native Quince. A native of NSW and QLD.

The fruit is orange berries.

Indigenous people of Australia had several for this plant including chewing fruits, antiseptic wash fruit infusions in water to relieve sore eyes, relieve toothache and the fruit was also used as a tooth paste due to its strong astringent taste. Boiled leaves to dye fibre a dark grey to black and used wood to make spears and throwers.  

Prefers rich moist well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.

Seed Starting Method Raise seedlings and plant out
Soak in warm water for 24 hours prior to sowing
Sowing Depth 4mm
Growing Season Any season - away from direct sunlight whilst germination occurs
Germination Time 28-50 days at around 18-21c 
Hardiness Hardy perennial
Planting Position Prefers a sunny position will well draining soil 


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