Medium to large tree to 40m from Gympie and Bunya Mountains, Qld. to Port Stephens, NSW, in sub-tropical rainforest, dry rainforest and along moist scrubby watercourses.
Often buttressed at base, bark brown, more or less smooth; young growth hairy.
Leaves are simple, alternate with blade dark green above, greyish/white and downy below, variable in shape and size, oblong to ovate up to 13cm long.
Flowers in cream/rusty panicles from leaf axil or terminal February to March.
Fruit is a black, globular drupe, up to 1 cm in diameter. One seed. Ripe March to October.
Propagation: Seed should be sown fresh and germinates easily.
Image: Flowers, young fruit
Suitable for large gardens or parks and the species grows well in a wide range of conditions but prefers moist sites.
Fruit is relished by birds. Host plant for the Blue triangle and common Red-eye butterflys.
Image: Large leaves on juvenile
Also known as White Walnut, Pepper berry (tree), purple laurel, (white/bastard) sycamore, she-beech, flindosa, myndee, pepperberry of Killarney.