Plum Pine

Podocarpus elatus

Plum Pine

Attractive rainforest pine that bears seeds on swollen edible stalks - which is the 'plum'. They seeds get darker the riper they are. The purple 'fruit' are grape like with a sweet, juicy, soft jelly-like pulp with a subtle plum flavour. The slightly resinous fruit can be used for both sweet and savoury recipes. It is an attractive hedge due to its contrasting dark and lime green foliage. The timber is popular in cabinet making. The trees are male or female so planting 3 or more together will increase your chances of getting both a male and female tree which then allows for pollination and fruit set.
Other Names: Illawarra plum pine, Brown Pine, #CV

$17.75 ($3.90-$49.00 choose a size)

Specifications of Plum Pine

Preferred Climate SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 3 Plants (Male and Female)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months March, April, May, June, July

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Plum Pine Reviews & Tips

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6y ago

Cooloola Cove, QLD, Australia

Plum Pine

Our Brown Pine about 12 years old and is a beautiful 15 metre high tree. Drops fruit in April. Yum!

Grayleen Taylor
8y ago

Gin Gin, QLD, Australia

Plum pine or Brown Pine

Put in 3 plum pines as wind/shade break for the future, about 6 months ago, need regular water (at least weekly) for first 6 months to establish, will thank you for a mulch. Trees were approx 30cm when planted, 6 months later they have topped 5'.

John Melenhorst
9y ago

Grafton, NSW, Australia

Plum pine or Brown Pine

I have a tree and i have little plants growing and lots of fruit wish i knew earlyer i would have made some jam ,if any one would like a seedling they are going free

Joe A Friend
10y ago

Lismore, NSW

Plum pine or Brown Pine

If, as some inner Sydney city councils did 2 years ago, heavy/very thick mulching with woodchips, pref. from Acacias etc, plus lime, growers can obtain hundreds of kilos of fresh,large 'plums' off the mature trees

11y ago


Need male and female trees and only have one.  Not a plant readily pruned because of the way it grows.  Anybody want it?

★★★ 12y ago

Como, NSW, Australia

Growing in an old wine barrel, very little maintenance very easy to grow

12y ago

Clear Mountain, QLD, Australia

This plant was sold as a Christmas Tree in our local community nursery, has grown well considering it was in a pot for so long before I put it into the ground.  I love the glossy leaves.

★★★ 12y ago

Lower Boro, NSW, Australia

May have required more TLC after the first few months.  Not completely dead yet but not doing too well.  Will try to resurrect.  No fault to Daley's.

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