Fast-growing tall native bushtucker tree with blue-black fruits very high in vitamin C. Needs another plum pine to pollinate itself. Add height to your wildlife garden, or prune hard to a hedge to enjoy maximum glossy new bronze leaves and make picking those plums easier!
Podocarpus elatus - plum pine, brown pine, Illawarra plum APPEARANCE : Ancient native east coast tree from the Gondwanan era. Grows to 12 metres in garden settings. Glossy bronze-lime young foliage, long and slender, maturing to light green with a distinct central rib. Produces blue-black conjoined fruits in Autumn which can be eaten raw when ripe or used to make jam, wine and chutney. USE FOR : Wildlife and native gardens, bushtucker, to add height and shade to a larger garden. Fire tolerant. Fine grained wood for carpentry and turning. Happy in a big tub for the first couple of years. PLANTING : Plant in good rich soil for best results; does not like drought. Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Tolerates light frost once full-grown. CARE : No need to prune unless growing as a hedge, though it responds well to hard clipping. Apply a native slow release fertiliser during spring. HEIGHT & WIDTH : 12-20 m H x 3-7 m W. YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot height is 80 mm x 42 mm wide.