Canary Beech

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Polyalthia nitidissma

Family : Annonaceae

The Canary Beech is often a small tree or large shrub, but can be found to grow to 18 metres in some areas. It has a dense canopy and attractive foliage. Leaves are deep green, stiff and shiny. Foliage is elliptical and grows to about 10 cm. New leaf growth is seen as brownish purple.

The yellow flowers are seen either singly or in pairs, with long pendulous petals. The flowers bloom from December to March and each form an entire fruit cluster. Fruits are clustered and mature from green, orange to bright red. These round, large fruit mature in March - June and are not edible for humans.

The Canary Beech is a very attractive plant for gardens. It is the food plant for several butterflies including the Green Spotted and the Pale Blue Triangle Butterflies. These are slow growing and need protection while smaller.


Quick Facts

Flowers December to March
Fruit March to June
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Butterflies
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height 6m - 18m
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Dry or 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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