Native Cherry, Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)
Common names: Native Cherry, Ballart, Cherry Ballart, Cypress Cherry
Taxonomic name: Exocarpos cupressiformis
Form: Graceful tree 3 – 8 metres
Flowering Time: Spring to Winter
Ngarrindjeri name: Ballot or Pallat
Description and uses:
Like its beach loving relative, Coastal Ballart , Native Cherry or ‘Ballart’ has a yellow flower followed by edible fruit that grows with its seed on the outside. The part we eat is actually an enlarged section of the flower stalk which is sweet and tasty, getting more so as it gets redder. Don’t eat the seed though, it’s bitter, just spit it onto the ground near another tree where you think it will grow nicely!
Native Cherry is a graceful tree with fine, divided branches and branchlets. Like the related Quandong and the more distantly related Mistletoes, it is hemiparasite in its early stages of growth, attaching itself to the roots of older trees (particularly Eucalypts) to gain nutrients.
The wood is particularly beautiful and is popular for woodwork.
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