November 24, 2006 at 12:41 pm #238673shereeMember
Just wondering if any1 is growing Burdekin Plum? How big do they get, what is the fruit like and what situation do they like?
ShereeNovember 24, 2006 at 7:00 pm #282349AnonymousGuest
dunno if i can tell you much about them, but we ahd one growing on a very sandy loam medium rainfall area, it grew well as a tree well up to about 2.5 meters at the time.
we kept it heavily mulched as we did with all our trees so they survived on rainfall alone app’ 700mm av’ per year over the the 6 years we where there.
it flowered and bore fruit, don’t think the fruiting side was successfull but? these little hard fruits i tried one a thought was ripe and it was so tart i think the insides of me cheeks are still stuck together chuckle.
but i’d say an easy tree to grow and it grew to that size reasonably quickly.
lenNovember 25, 2006 at 11:00 am #282350bushyMember
Sheree, I have many Burdekin plums, but can’t tell you a lot about their terminal size. The fruit is similar to Davidsons plum, needs to be squashy soft before trying to eat (with sugar). These are growing in rainforest situation and do very well in almost total shade to full sun and are as hardy as any other tree I can think of, ours get no attention at all. Because of their surroundings they have all grown tall and thin but that could be the opposite in a backyard.I tried a google on Burdekin plum and got zero results, seems there is not a lot written about them.November 25, 2006 at 7:08 pm #282351AnonymousGuest
yeh out in full on sun the tree of ours remains bushy and short quiet neat realy looked like it ahd been prunned to a standard shape but all natural, so sounds like they will take a wide range of conditions from sandy loam dryish to rainforest wet. maybe why our fruit wasn’t successful hye not moist enough?
lenNovember 25, 2006 at 7:51 pm #282352WazzaMember
There are a lot of Burdekins growing naturally in the rainforest area of our block. This is a coastal area with dry sandy soil and they absolutely thrive. There are many small trees growing from natural seeding under the canopy. Dry conditions do not seem to worry them. I haven’t tried the fruits myself, but the Aboriginal people found them palatable. Here are a couple of links with more info:November 29, 2006 at 12:18 pm #282353shereeMember
Thanks 4 the replies, think i will put 1 on our creek bank.March 11, 2008 at 10:23 am #282354octagonalworldMember
I grew up in the Burdekin region and the plum trees were always around in the bush in those days. The tree grows to about 6 m but can get higher if competing for light. The fruit are about the size of a plum but flatter on top and bottom with ridges reminiscent of puckering.
The fruit like a lot of bush tucker, are an acquired taste. You must let them fall from the tree and then ripen some more. They are very tart especially if green. Aborigines used to bury them in soil to soften. When softened they are a bit sweeter. I love them.May 26, 2008 at 5:30 am #282355bplumMember
I have a large tree in my suburban yard – heavy clay soil & it is thriving. Have so much fruit I am tossing much of it – does anyone have any recipes? Also have lots seedling coming up – do you want some, Octagonalworld?June 3, 2008 at 5:11 am #282356bazmanMember
I had to use tree glue to stop ants as they were introducing sucking insects and a black soot to my two young tree’s, the glue worked well, they are starting to take off now thanks to lots of high fungus forest mulch taken from my front native gardens.
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