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Pipturus argenteus (Native Mulberry) is one of the nicest tasting of Australia's bush foods. Although much smaller than exotic mulberries, it produces fruit more reliably and does not become weedy like the Red Mulberry and White Mulberry which choke waterways. Occurring naturally in creek areas along the coast, Native Mulberry prefers a filtered light position with reasonable soil moisture. Native Mulbery grows to 6 metres but usually 3 metres unless planted in a warm coastal area with high rainfall. It doesn't like frost and in dry periods will die back unless cut back hard. In shaded areas with soil moisture, Native Mulberry can be used to create a fast growing screen from prying eyes. It also attracts butterflies being a host plant to the Jezebel Nymph (Mynes geoffroyi guerini), Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea), Speckled Line-blue (Catopyrops florinda halys), Blue Banded Eggfly (Hypolimnas alimena), Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), and Indigo Flash (Rapala varuna). So if you plant this together with a Lime Berry (Micromelum minutum), your garden will soon be filled with butterflies and birds and you will have lots of sweet bush tucker fruits to forage for. This is a dioecious plant meaning that you need both a boy pant and a girl plant to get fruit so we recommend buying 3 plants to ensure the magic happens as only the girl plant produces fruit.

Pipturus argenteus (Native Mulberry)

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