Native Currant (Coprosma billardieri)

Shrub
C. quadrifida. (Labill.)Robinson.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Native Currant
Coprosma billardieri
Rubiaceae

A yellow dye is obtained from the wood, it does not require a mordant[153].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked. Sweet and juicy[144, 157, 173], but with little flavour[225]. The red fruit is about 7mm in diameter[200, 225].

    The roasted seed is an excellent coffee substitute[153].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse or cold frame[K]. Sow stored seed in spring in a cold frame[200]. Germination can be slow, often taking more than 12 months even when fresh seed is used[K]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow on the plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors[K]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year’s growth, autumn in a frame.
Requires a moist, very well-drained neutral to slightly acid soil in full sun or light shade[200]. Succeeds in most soils[225]. Somewhat intolerant of frost, this species is only likely to succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of Britain[200]. Plants are hardy to at least -7¡c in Australian gardens[157] though this does not translate directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200, 225]. Plants are tolerant of heavy clipping or pruning[225]. Plants are normally dioecious, though in some species the plants produce a few flowers of the opposite sex before the main flowering and a few hermaphrodite flowers are sometimes produced[225]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.
Australia – New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria.

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