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Podocarpus elatus - R.Br. ex Mirb.

Common Name Australian Plum
Family Podocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards Superficially similar to Taxus species, but this plant is definitely not poisonous[200].
Habitats Coastal scrub forest[167]. Once a common tree in Australia, it is now rare due to the destruction of the rainforests[193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria.
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Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Podocarpus elatus Australian Plum


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Podocarpus elatus Australian Plum

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Podocarpus elatus is an evergreen Tree growing to 30 m (98ft 5in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Wind. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[156, 157]. It makes a tasty jelly[167]. Rich and sweet[193]. Mucilaginous with a resinous flavour[183, 193]. A reasonable size, the fruit is about 25mm in diameter[167]. The seed is borne on the top of the fruit[193].

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - tough, durable, silky textured. Used for cabinet making, indoor use and boat building[156, 167].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a rich moist non-alkaline soil[167]. Resists salt spray[157]. Grows best in areas with a humid climate[200]. Plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[157], but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. They can be grown outdoors in the milder areas of Britain, preferably in a woodland garden[166]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, July/August in a frame[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Whitney Baxter   Tue Apr 30 21:38:12 2002

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