Banana Bush

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Tabernaemontana orientalis

Family : Apocynaceae

The Banana Bush is a small open and branching shrub growing to about 4 metres. It is often found in vine thickets and beach scrub. The leaves are opposite and long, tapering to a pointed tip (approx. 8cm). The leaves and stems will exude a white latex substance when damaged. Contact with the latex should be avoided.

The flowers are white, star like and tubular, with a sweet scent. These have 5 petals. Fruits are very distinctive, appearing like orange bananas in opposite pairs. The pairs are fused together to form capsules. These appear from summer to autumn.

The Banana Bush is an attractive shrub that likes well drained soils and full to partial sun. It can be used as a screening plant.


Quick Facts

Flowers December to April
Fruit December to March
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Growth Habit Shrub
Typical Height <4m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Low Tolerance


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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