Native Gardenia (Randia Fitzalanii)
The Native Gardenia, or yellow mangosteen is a beautiful rainforest tree, native to the North Coast of Queensland in Australia. Randia fitzalanii grows to around 5m tall, possibly a little taller in some conditions, and makes an excellent small tree for many gardens!
Foliage is very beautiful and glossy green, and flowers resemble the flowers of Gardenia’s, which is where the name ‘Native Gardenia’ originates. The flowers are highly fragrant.
Not only is the Yellow Mangosteen beautiful and ornamental, it produces large edible yellow fruits. Although "edible" they are not very good to eat.
This plant is grown for its beauty and fragrance :)
Growing Randia Fitzalanii
Although Randia fitzalanii is a tropical native, it has been reported growing well as far south as Sydney.
It is best grown in warm, moist situations, but can handle very light, very short frost.
The Yellow Mangosteen is also drought hardy once established, although it prefers being watered regularly. Select a position, preferably sheltered, in full sun to part shade. Mulch well.
This plant is ideal for containers, close to the house to enjoy the wonderful fragrance, or as a small shade tree in the garden. Randia fitzalanii roots are non-invasive.
Native Gardenia, Yellow Mangosteen
Plants for sale:
Plants for sale: strong young plants approx 20-25cm tall