Herb: Native Cherry
Latin name: Exocarpus cupressiformis
Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)
Medicinal use of Native Cherry:Astringent, bitter tonic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy soils on dry hillsides. In eucalyptus forests to the montane zone.
Edible parts of Native Cherry:Fruit stalk - sweet and palatable when fully ripe, astringent otherwise. It is eaten raw or made into preserves. Rather small, it is about 4 - 6mm long.
Other uses of the herb:The bark contains up to 15% tannin. Wood - hard, tough, close-grained. Used for turnery, furniture etc.
Propagation of Native Cherry: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy soils on dry hillsides. In eucalyptus forests to the montane zone.
Known hazards of Exocarpus cupressiformis:One report says that the foliage might be poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.