Gin Berry (Orangeberry) Tree
FRUIT-GINB-1-6Regular price $49.00
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.