Native Cherry, Ballart (Exocarpos cupressiformis)


Native Cherry fruit
An odd looking fruit – it has the seed on the outside

Family: Santalaceae

Habitat: Woodlands

Description and uses:

Like its beach loving relative, Coastal Ballart , Native cherry has an edible fruit that grows with its seed on the outside. The fruit 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 where you think it will grow nicely!

Native Cherry is a hemiparasite in its early stages of growth, attaching itself to the roots of older trees to gain nutrients.

The wood is particularly beautiful and is popular for woodwork.

 

Native Cherry
Native Cherry

 

Native Cherry
Native Cherry branchlets