Burdekin Plum

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Pleiogynum timorense

Family : Anacardiaceae

The Burdekin Plum is a beautiful tree growing to 20 metres tall, with a dense canopy. The leaves are a dark, glossy green with numerous stiff leaflets.

These plants have male and female flowers occurring on separate plants. The flowers are small and yellowish – green. Male flowers are on drooping branchlets, while the female flowers occur on spikes.

Fruit is globular and turns a deep purple colour, resembling a typical plum. This fruit is excellent for making jams but may often need ripening for days before they are soft enough to eat. It contains a large stone inside the flesh. Fruit attracts a wide variety of birds (eg Red-tailed Black Cockatoos), bats, insects and bees. These trees can grow on a broad range of soils. They are drought tolerant but look best when given extra water. They are slow growing and have been known to withstand harsh weather conditions.


Burdekin Plum © NQ Dry Tropics Burdekin Plum fruit © NQ Dry Tropics Burdekin Plum bark © NQ Dry Tropics Burdekin Plum leaves © NQ Dry Tropics

Traditional Owner Values

Manbarra - The Burdekin Plum is a food source.

Quick Facts

Flowers November to January
Fruit April to August
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Insects, Bees and Others
Growth Habit Large Tree
Typical Height <20m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry or Moderately Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


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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