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Sarcotoechia - fern-leaved tamarind

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Unless you've ventured to the Atherton Tablelands (or your local botanic garden) you might not have come across this pretty little native tree before now. Its very attractive fine fern-like fronds of foliage emerge pink, fade to creamy-peach, and deepen to glossy green. Each leaf has a ripple to the edges and the fronds weep elegantly. It doesn't grow too fast and only reaches 6m full-grown, ideal for suburban back yards or siting under overhead cables. As an added bonus, small egg-yolk-gold berries open to reveal glossy red fruits in autumn.

berry image: Tatters cropped to size.

Sarcotoechia serrata - fern-leaved tamarind

APPEARANCE :  Bushy rainforest tree from North East Queensland with deep green leaves arranged in a herringbone like a fern, and pastel pink-cream new growth. Insignificant flowers turn into pea-sized yellow fruits in autumn, which when ripe split open to show shiny red fruits. Related to Cupaniopsis (tuckeroo) and Diploglottis (native tamarind)
USE FOR : Small garden tree, feature planting, native and wildlife gardens, autumn berry colour.
PLANTING : Plant in a rich well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter, in part shade or dappled shade. Keep regularly watered during dry periods. Needs a frost-free climate and a sheltered spot out of strong wind for best results..
CARE:  Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks, and in dry spells. Protect from frost.
HEIGHT:  6m H slowly
YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, young healthy plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. You can see an example in the image gallery
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