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Capparis canescens – Wild Orange (plant)

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Capparis canescens is native to inland areas of northern Australia and a small population in NSW where it is regarded as endangered. Wild Orange is a medium shrub to small tree, covered by dense short hairs and variably thorny. Leaves are oval-shaped, 4.5 – 10 cm long and 2.5 – 6 cm wide, with stalks 1.75 – 4 cm long. Up to four white flowers about 3 cm long occur together on stalks 3 – 9 cm long. Flower buds have four prominent ridges.

The leaves are palatable and well liked by stock and provide good shade. Fruit are said to be ok tasting.

Care and Cultivation of Capparis canescens

Capparis canescens likes a full sun position and well-drained soil. It will respond well to regular watering over the warmer months, even over colder months in most areas. Frost and extremely drought hardy.

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