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Plum PineBotanical Name: Podocarpus elatus

Attractive rainforest pine that bears greenish seeds on swollen edible stalks. The purple fruit are grape like with a sweet juicy 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 as a cabinet making. The trees are male or female so planting 3 or more together will increase your chances of getting tree of both sexes and fruit.

Other Names: Illawarra plum pine, Brown Pine, #CV
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Height: 90-100cm
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Bush Food (#BushFood), Colour Flesh Red (#ColourFleshRed), Colour Fruit Skin Black (#ColourFruitSkinBlack), Eat Fresh (#EatFresh), Grow Full Sun (#GrowFullSun), Grow Part Sun (#GrowPartSun), Leaves Evergreen (#LeavesEvergreen), Native Rainforest Plant (#NativeRainforestPlant), Ornamental Screening Plant (#OrnamentalScreeningPlant), Pollination - Dioecious (#Pollination-Dioecious), Size Height 10m + (#SizeHeight10m+), Size Plant Width 5-10m (#SizePlantWidth5-10m)

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Preferred Climate

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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

3 Plants (Male and Female)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Water Requirements

Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

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

Our Brown Pine about 12 years old and is a beautiful 15 metre high tree. Drops fruit in April. Yum! | Dit - Cooloola Cove, QLD 13-Apr-2015
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Plum Pine (Seedling)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2845 days 10hrs

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Mainly bought this to add to my small native pine tree collection - such beautiful trees - with the added bonus of fruit. Is actually a native rainforest plant.  Need both male and female plants to bear fruit, but you can't tell which is which until mature, so is recommended to plant 3 to get a good chance of a mix. I'll be getting my 3rd from a different source to hopefully provide some genetic diversity.

There is also a naturally dwarf growing variety too which I have found - will be trying these too shortly. (Podocarpus spinulosus apparently rarely grows above 2m in height, also fruits, and is a rainforest understorey plant.)

Planted: 2012

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: male and female needed

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Plum Pine

Rev 's Edible Fruits
Update: 4002 days 8hrs

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Hardy to local area. slow growing

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Plum Pine

Daisyetta's Edible Fruits
Update: 3231 days 6hrs

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Doing well until accidentally stepped on. Awaiting outcome.

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

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NEVILLE2 says... [1203 days 2hrs ago]
self pollination??

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