Gin Berry (Orangeberry) Tree

FRUIT-GINB-1-6

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Calling all entertainers and cocktail lovers!  Gin Berry is hard to come by, but if you haven't discovered this plant yet, be prepared for some excitement!  Gin Berry is a small evergreen tree/shrub with edible pink fruit - pop one in your mouth for a burst of Gin and Tonic!  This plant is also highly ornamental in a pot, or as an indoor plant.   

Urban Bounty Gin Berry plants are small at 15 – 20 cm but well established and come in a 2.5 litre pot.

What is Gin Berry (Orangeberry, Glycosmis pentaphylla)?

Gin Berries are a member of the citrus family, and are found in tropical Southeast Asia and North Australia.  Not to be confused with Juniper (which is used to flavour gin), this unique edible plant is also growing in popularity in the Caribbean.  It isn't hard to see why - Gin Berry is a gorgeous small tree/shrub, with great ornamental, medicinal and edible qualities. This exotic evergreen looks great, has a gorgeous scented flowers, is adorned with delicious berries, and even has medicinal qualities.  What's not to love??!

In warmer climates, Gin Berry grows up to 3 metres high, but it can easily be trimmed into a smaller shrub like shape. With dark green, oblong leaves, white flowers, and translucent pale pink berries is a beautiful addition in almost any garden style. We think it would make an excellent addition to an apartment or courtyard garden, as it looks stunning in a pot.

Worried about warmth? If you can grow oranges you can grow Gin Berry outside.  If you live in a cooler climate but love Gin and Tonics, you can grow your plant inside in a large pot.  (If you are looking forward to fruit, you will need to bring it outside for bee pollination when the weather warms up.)

Culinary Uses for Gin Berry (Orangeberry)

The small, translucent pink fruits have a juicy flesh and a sort of spicy, gin-like flavour. The juice from the flavoursome berries can be added to soda water for a home-made tonic flavoured drink, or in a summer granita. Or enjoy them whole for a refreshing flavour burst to brighten your day. 

Growing Conditions – Gin Berry (Orangeberry)

Plant your Gin Berry in spring, summer or autumn (before there is any risk of frost). Gin Berry is pollinated by bees, so we recommend you companion plant it with bee-attracting plants like Perennial Basil, Borage, Calendula or Rosemary.  The birds love the berries of this tropical plant, so we also recommend that you plant it away from native bush, where it could spread.

Gin Berry thrive in conditions similar to other citrus with well drained soil, warmth and plenty of sun.   They need an average amount of water, mostly in summer.

Gin Berry originate form the hillside areas of Asia and so may tolerate a light frost although it would be safer to plant in a frost free area or protect it in the first few years if there is risk of a light frost.

It can take between 1 and a half - 3 years for Gin Berry to fruit, but you will be able to enjoy fruit throughout the warmer months of the year.  If needed, prune in late autumn - winter, after fruiting.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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