Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple)

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

A decorative, fast-growing shrub with attractive, deeply-lobed, dark-green leaves. Becomes straggly with age but is easily rejuvenated with heavy pruning.

Clusters of violet flowers in January, followed by orange-red egg-shaped fruits. Fruits were eaten by Indigenous Australians, but only when very ripe as they are said to be poisonous at other times.

A very interesting structural plant – good in shrubbery plantings.