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Common Name: Native Cherry
Exocarpos cupressiformis is a Evergreen Shrub up to 4.00 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
One report says that the foliage might be poisonous[
Australia - South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria.
Sandy soils on dry hillsides[
]. In eucalyptus forests to the montane zone[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country. It is likely to require a light well-drained soil and a sunny sheltered position. It is a root parasite, we do not know which species it parasitizes.
Plants spread by means of underground suckers, often forming clumps of seemingly disparate trees and shrubs[
Fruit stalk - sweet and palatable when fully ripe, astringent otherwise[
]. It is eaten raw or made into preserves[
]. Rather small, it is about 4 - 6mm long[
Astringent, bitter tonic.
The bark contains up to 15% tannin[
Wood - hard, tough, close-grained. Used for turnery, furniture etc[
Seed - we have no information on this species but would recommend sowing it in spring in a warm greenhouse in a pot that contains a suitable host.