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Cryptocarya obovata (LAURACEAE) Pepperberry

Image: Foliage

Cryptocarya
Photo: Robert Whyte

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


Cryptocarya
Photo: Robert Whyte

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


Cryptocarya
Photo: Robert Whyte

Also known as White Walnut, Pepper berry (tree), purple laurel, (white/bastard) sycamore, she-beech, flindosa, myndee, pepperberry of Killarney.