Native Cherry Tree : Exocarpos cupressiformis

I am spending sometime in Tasmania this month and trying to get out in the bush as much as possible and there are a local few plants that keep popping up wherever I go. The native cherry is one of them, I have never tasted the fruit of Exocarpos cupressiformis before this week and it has made it into my top 5 bush food list 😉 yummy!  The hard fruit is supported on a larger, swollen, fleshy stalk which turn  red and they are become quite sweet and palatable.

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The native cherry grows to between 3 and 8 metres, making it a perfect small feature tree. It looks a lot like some of the weeping Casuarinas, with soft conifer like branches reaching right to the ground.

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It grows naturally as an under storey shrub and is actually parasitic to surrounding Eucalyptus species, therefore it is difficult to propagate.

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I personally think this small tree has enough merit to be used as a soft screening or backdrop plant, the more moisture it receives the taller it will grow and as it is quite dense could be used as an informal hedge.

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