Curry Myrtle - Backhousia Angustifolia

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Pickup available at 40 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills NSW 2084

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Curry Myrtle - Backhousia Angustifolia

Curry Myrtle - Backhousia Angustifolia


40 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills NSW 2084

Pickup available, usually ready in 2-4 days

40 Myoora Road
Terrey Hills NSW 2084

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The Curry Myrtle, also known as Backhousia Angustifolia, is a captivating Australian native shrub that tantalizes the senses with its aromatic foliage and delicious culinary uses. This versatile plant thrives in warm climates and offers a unique combination of ornamental beauty, culinary delight, and ecological benefits, making it a valuable addition to any garden.


    • Growth: This dense, bushy shrub typically reaches a height of 5-7 meters, creating a lush, verdant presence in your garden. Its slender branches are adorned with glossy, elliptic leaves that range from 5-10 cm in length.
    • Flowers: Clusters of small, white flowers bloom in profusion during spring and summer, adding a delicate touch to the shrub's appearance and releasing a delightful fragrance reminiscent of curry leaves.
    • Fruit: After the flowers fade, small, globular fruits emerge, turning a deep red when ripe. While not typically eaten, they attract various bird species to your garden.


    • Culinary: The star attraction of the Curry Myrtle is its aromatic leaves. When crushed, they release a captivating scent similar to curry leaves, making them a unique and flavorful ingredient in various dishes. Use them fresh or dried to add depth and complexity to curries, soups, stews, stir-fries, and marinades. You can even infuse them in vinegar or oil for a fragrant culinary accent.
    • Ornamental: The Curry Myrtle's attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and dense growth habit make it a valuable addition to various garden styles. Plant it as a specimen plant to showcase its beauty, use it as a hedge for privacy and screening, or incorporate it into mixed borders for a touch of Australian flair.
    • Medicinal: Traditionally, the leaves of the Curry Myrtle have been used for various medicinal purposes in Aboriginal cultures. However, it's crucial to consult a healthcare professional before using any plant for medicinal purposes.

Growing and Caring:

    • Climate: Thrives in warm, temperate to subtropical climates and tolerates light frosts once established.
    • Soil: Prefers well-drained, moist soil but adapts to various soil types. Avoid waterlogging, as it can damage the roots.
    • Sunlight: Full sun exposure encourages optimal growth and flowering, but it can tolerate partial shade in hot climates.
    • Watering: Water regularly during active growth, especially during hot and dry periods. Reduce watering in winter when the plant is dormant.
    • Fertilising: Apply a light application of native fertiliser in spring to encourage healthy growth and flowering.
    • Pruning: Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape and promote bushier growth.

Height: Expect the Curry Myrtle to reach a mature height of 5-7 meters with a spread of 2-3 meters.

Additional notes:

    • The Curry Myrtle is relatively pest- and disease-resistant, making it a low-maintenance addition to your garden.
    • It can readily self-seed, so be mindful of potential spread in certain areas.
    • While the leaves are generally considered safe for consumption, it's crucial to identify the specific Backhousia species correctly, as some varieties may be toxic.

Embrace the unique fragrance and versatility of the Curry Myrtle, and let it add a touch of Australian charm and culinary delight to your garden!