CreatureFeature – Pittossporum angustifolium (Gumbi Gumbi)

The Gumbi Gumbi is a shrub or small tree that grows throughout inland Australia, it’s common names include native apricot, butter bush, cattle bush. 

Gumbi Gumbi is a slow-growing plant that can reach up to 10 meters tall and 5 meters wide. The Gumbi Gumbi is resistant to drought and frost, they will thrive in a wide variety of soil types tolerating heavy clay to mostly sandy soils. For best results in your garden, place in full sun, with well-drained soil or potting mix, making sure the shrub is well watered throughout the dry seasons. 

Flowering occurs from late winter to mid-spring, the Gumbi Gumbi produces a small fruit resembling the appearance of an apricot. It attracts bees and insects, lizards, and birds. The plant is featured widely in Aboriginal bush medicine as a treatment for coughs, colds, and eczema. 

The plant is found in all states of Australia except Tasmania and the Northern Territory. It is spread through inland Australia in mallee communities and ridges as well as dry woodlands, clay or sandy soils.  

Photo by Margaret R Donald 


Paige Kirby – Biodiversity Trainee

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