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Rapanea howittiana|Muttonwood

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Erect small tree with rusty hairs on new growth.
Size (W x H)
2-4m x 3-10m
Glossy to dull dark green oblong leaves, paler below, with rounded tips and wavy edges, 3.3-10cm x 10-45mm. Young leaves often toothed. Leaves bunched at the ends of branches.
Small flowers clustered along the leafless old wood. Small round fleshy blue fruit, December to June.
Flower colour
Cream to greenish
Flower time
May to August and November to January
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils in open to damp forests and forests along rivers (riparian). Light to moderate frosts. Partial to full shade.
Commonly used for
An interesting tree for a sheltered position. Screen plant. Can be used to replace Pittosporum undulatum which it is similar to in appearance.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory