The first fruiting plant that attracted visitors during a farm tour in Laguna is a low-growing Bignay tree (Antidesma bunius) that is heavily laden with ripening berries in the garden of Ato Belen. Of course, the small tree (about 6 feet tall) is eye-catching because of its colorful berries.
We believe that it could be a ready conversation piece in the home garden if kept low through judicious pruning, and adequately fertilized for heavy fruiting. It could be grown in the ground or in a big container.
The berries may not be liked by some people because they are not exactly sweet. They are more sour than sweet. At any rate, this can be compensated by the fact that the fruit is claimed to be loaded with antioxidants for good health.
There are of course other uses of the Bignay fruit. It is excellent for making fruit wine. For bird lovers, Bignay is great because it is said to attract birds during its fruiting season. Not a few in the Philippines are making Bignay bonsai.