Native Cherry

native cherries

After a ten year drought we have enjoyed a few years of good rainfall, so many of our bushland trees are thriving. This is the Native Cherry, or Cherry Ballart, a rather beautiful cypress-like tree that has a close parasitic fungal growing connection with our casuarinas.

bright green foliage stands out amongst the casuarinas

Known formally as Exocarpos cupressiformis, the usual bright green weeping foliage is adorned at this time of year with brightly coloured fruit. In the photos you will see that there is a small nut, attached to a fleshy fruit-like structure which is actually an enlarged, succulent section of the flower stalk. These tiny ‘fruits’ are edible, sweet and juicy!

thick with fruit at all stages of development

close up of fruit

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