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Astroloma pinifolium - (R.Br.)Benth.

Common Name Pine Heath
Family Epacridaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In heathland and open dry sclerophyll forests on sandy soils[200, 265].
Range Australia - Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Astroloma pinifolium Pine Heath


Astroloma pinifolium Pine Heath

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Astroloma pinifolium is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. Sweet and succulent when fully ripe[200]. The fruit is about 5mm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most well-drained soils[200]. Established plants are moderately drought tolerant[200]. This species can survive frosts in Britain, particularly if the roots are well mulched, but they are more safely grown in a cold greenhouse in this country[200]. They will probably be all right in sheltered coastal gardens[200]. The roots are prone to fungal infection, so the plant must be grown in a well-drained soil[200]. The plants have a very fine root system which makes transplanting difficult[157].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed has a hard coat and some form of scarification is necessary or the seed can take up to 5 years to germinate. Two or three periods each of 4 - 6 weeks cold stratification can reduce the time taken to germinate[175]. As soon as 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. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of firm young tip growths[200]. It is very difficult to obtain suitable wood[157] and the cuttings are slow to root[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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(R.Br.)Benth.

Botanical References

200265

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