Shrub/Tree to 5m tall, 3m wide
Bolwarra is the Aboriginal name for the Native Guava, a primitive legacy of the first flowering plants of Gondwana. Also known as the Scented Laurel or Copper Laurel, it bears perfumed flowers and very sweet berries. It grows naturally in eastern Australia and New Guinea.
Aboriginal use - The inner bark of the tree was sometimes used as a substitute for twine or fishing lines. The sticky pulp was eaten raw, and the bitter seeds discarded.
Pale, cream white, heavily scented flowers appear in Summer, followed by urn-shaped berries up to 3cm in diameter. Much like a guava, the sweet creamy pulp is edible, but contains many small seeds. This aromatic fruit is often used as a spice-fruit in cooking and in beverages, jellies, jams and desserts. It can even be dried and crushed, then used as a spice. The ripe yellowish-coloured fruit has a hot spicy taste similar to pepper or nutmeg.
Berries ripen in Winter, turning from green to brown and becoming soft to squeeze. They are ready to eat straight from the plant if you simply can’t wait to try them.
Bolwarra foliage is a bright and glossy green during Summer, and boasts attractive coppery tones in Winter and Spring. This plant tolerates both full sun and part shade, and benefits from mulching and additional watering in dry periods.
Host Plant for Eastern Dusk-Flat Butterfly.
NOTE - Living plants must be collected (by appointment) - postage not available