Exocarpus cupressiformis - Labill.
Common Name Native Cherry
Family Santalaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards One report says that the foliage might be poisonous[154].
Habitats Sandy soils on dry hillsides[154]. In eucalyptus forests to the montane zone[152].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Exocarpus cupressiformis Native Cherry

Exocarpus cupressiformis Native Cherry
Physical Characteristics
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Exocarpus cupressiformis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 4 m (13ft 1in). It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have 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 can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit stalk - sweet and palatable when fully ripe, astringent otherwise[144, 154, 193]. It is eaten raw or made into preserves[2]. Rather small, it is about 4 - 6mm long[193].
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Bitter;  Tonic.

Astringent, bitter tonic.


Other Uses
Tannin;  Wood.

The bark contains up to 15% tannin[154]. Wood - hard, tough, close-grained. Used for turnery, furniture etc[46, 154].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in this country. It is likely to require a light well-drained soil and a sunny sheltered position. It is a root parasite, we do not know which species it parasitizes. Plants spread by means of underground suckers, often forming clumps of seemingly disparate trees and shrubs[193].
Seed - we have no information on this species but would recommend sowing it in spring in a warm greenhouse in a pot that contains a suitable host.
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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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maria o'brien   Mon Oct 30 2006
I have seenthis tree growing in granitic soils at Girraween NP (near Qld/NSW border, cold climate)and on similar soils at Undara NP (dry Tropics), so it will cope with wide climatic variation.The soils are acid.A list of eucalypts found growing these soils would provide a list of possible hosts.
   Thu Jul 2 2009
what would be a good host plant for this plant
morgan phillips   Thu Sep 3 2009
In Central Victoria this plant grows amongst Manna gum, grey and yellow Box, 'stringy bark' and others - just use rotting native plant material with natural white fungus in amongst it and watch it grow! 4 to 5 metres in ten years.
Simon Jones   Sat Nov 7 2009
Also present in the Adelaide Hills
Stan Osman   Sun Nov 8 2009
The fruit is ripe at the moment in the mountains near Walhalla, Victoria. I was tasting some 2 days ago and have been checking the internet to make sure they are not toxic. Quite sweet. We also have these growing on our bushy block in Park Orchards,a Melbourne Eastern Suburb, but the trees are not as large as in Gippsland and I have not noticed them fruiting in Melbourne. Are they found in Tasmania?
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