The Illawarra Plum tree is a slow growing coniferous tree with a dense crown of slender glossy evergreen leaves. Splendid as a specimen tree it has been used by many councils to provide shade and beauty in parks and along streets. The plum like fruit tastes rich and sweet when fully ripened and the unique resinous qualities are enhanced by cooking, making the fruit popular in bushfood cooking.
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OTHER COMMON NAMES
Plum Pine, Brown Pine, She Pine, Yellow Pine, Daalgaal, Gidneywallum, Goongum, Pencil Cedar, White Pine
Purplish coloured fruit 2-5cm in diameter are eaten cooked or raw. If eating raw they are sweetest only after they fall from the tree indicating the fruit is fully ripe. Seed can be roasted then eaten. Having a dense crown makes it a popular shade tree in parks. The durable silky timber is golden-brown and ideal for carving, featured woodwork and furniture making.
A once common conifer tree inhabiting subtropical, riverine, and coastal rainforests along the east coast of Australia.
This tree is dioecious, so both a male and female tree is required to set fruit. Grows to 45m in it's natural habitat, but tends to reach only 5-10m when cultivated. Moderately frost and drought tolerant, enjoying deep moist well drained soil. Trees take about 5 years to bear a productive crop of fruit which occurs in autumn and winter.
|Size||Large tree (15m+)|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|