Illawarra Plum - Podocarpus elatus
This beautiful native rain forest tree is also known as Daalgaal, Goongum and Gidneywallum by Indigenous Australians or as the Plum Pine.
Endemic to NSW and Queensland, this tree was considered one of the best bush foods by early settlers as well as Indigenous Australians.
The sweet juicy grape like fruit has a unique pine overtone and works amazingly with all types of cuisine including jams, sauces, marinades. It can be eaten fresh or add to cakes and fruit deserts.
Growing the Illawarra Plum
Plant in full sun or part shade. Plum Pine prefers a rich, moist, non-alkaline soil, but is very generally very tolerant as long as the soil is well draining.
The beautiful foliage, is tough and drought tolerant and will tolerate coastal conditions.
As it is a slow grower, you can keep it small and potted and prune regularly or you can plant it out and allow it to reach its potential at up to 12 metres.
The Illawarra Plum is dioecious, meaning you’ll need both male and female trees to produce fruit so best planting 3 or more plants or use as a pruned hedge to increase likelyhood of fruit.
Strong young trees approximately 30-35cm tall and looking great!
Note: This plant can not be shipped to VIC