Santalum acuminatum

Uses: Highly ornamental small tree for shade or shelter. This species is a parasite and survives off the roots of other plants. Tolerates poor soils and hot dry sites.
Attracts native birds and butterflies and is a food source for butterfly larvae.
Cultural use: Fruits eaten by indigenous peoples. Now popular as a bush food.

This plant is indigenous to the following botanical regions of South Australia.

:NW: North Western  
:LE: Lake Eyre   
:NU: Nullarbor   
:GT: Gairdner-Torrens   
:FR: Flinders Rangers  
:EA: Eastern   
:EP: Eyre Peninsula
:NL: Northern Lofty
:MU: Murray
:YP: Yorke Peninsula
:SL: Southern Lofty
:SE: South Eastern
For detail on these regions refer to the user guide.

  • Canopy Shape canopy-oval Oval
  • Height 4-5m
  • Spread 2-4m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Santalaceae
  • Botanical Name Santalum acuminatum
  • Common Name Quandong
  • Origin SA, VIC, NSW, WA, QLD, NT
  • Habit Erect, Drooping branches
  • Landscape Coastal footslopes, Footslopes, Hills, Plains, 2nd line coast, Desert dunes, Watercourse
  • Soil Texture Clay, Loam
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Lime, Moderate frost
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Colour Cream
  • Flowering Time Spring, Summer
  • Foliage Grey-green
  • Flower Type Panicles
  • Purpose Ornamental, Food/Fruit, Bush food
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Trunk Furrowed
  • Form Small Tree (Up to 7m)
  • Indigenous to the Adelaide Region