Australian Native – Gumbi Gumbi - Pittosporum angustifolium
Australian Native – Gumbi Gumbi - Pittosporum angustifolium
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Australian Native – Gumbi Gumbi - Pittosporum angustifolium

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Gumbi Gumbi is resistant to both drought and frost, and grows in a wide variety of soil types, from heavy clay to mostly sand. But for best results in a home garden, choose a well-drained loamy soil or potting mix, located in full sun, and water well throughout the dry season.

Traditional medicinal uses: An infusion of the seeds, fruit pulp, leaves or wood was ingested for the relief of pain and cramps. Decoction of the fruits was drunk and applied for eczema. Bush medicine, for colds, cramps, itching, inducing lactation. Seeds ground for flour.

Tea, often touted for its health benefits, is a more common and preferred use of this plant today. Both fresh and dried, the plant’s slender leaves may be steeped in hot water to make a flavoursome, aromatic brew. 

Simply pluck fresh leaves as needed, or harvest a bigger batch and dry them for later use. Gumbi Gumbi is an evergreen species that can supply you with leaves throughout the year.

This species is capable of growing up to 6 metres in height, but as it’s a slow grower, you’ll find it suitable enough for small backyards and large pots. With its hanging branches and thin, willowy leaves, it makes an attractive addition to any native garden or balcony.

Sow Pittosporum angustifolium seeds just under the surface of a well drained seed raising mix and keep moist until germination in 2-3 weeks. Soak the seeds overnight to help the germination process. Pot up when necessary. Full sun to part shade position. Fertilise moderately over the growing season.

10 seeds per packet