Cocky Apple

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Planchonia careya

Family : Lecythidaceae

The Cocky Apple is a smaller tree growing to about 10 metres, often straggly in appearance. Leaves are very distinctive with a broad, round leaves that taper to the base. It is light green with new growth appearing as a reddish pink colour. Old leaves turn bright red before they fall in June – July, sometimes turning the entire plant bright red.

Flowers are large, pink and white with an abundance of stamens and a strange musky fragrance. These flowers come out after dusk and usually fall from the tree in the early morning. Fruit is smooth and fleshy. They are pale green when they ripen and contain numerous seeds in a thick pulp.

This tree can be found along fringes of coastal dunes and in the scrub. Many varieties of butterflies and moths use this tree for a home and larval stages, including the Hawk moth. It is pollinated by bats.


Quick Facts

Flowers July to October
Fruit November to March
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Butterflies, Moths and Others
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height <10m
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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