Diselma archeri – Dwarf Pine

An attractive and dense growing Tasmanian conifer which can be used in sunny to quite shady positions, and is frost tolerant. It has blue-grey foliage on a naturally compact habit, with branch ends weeping. It can grow up to 6 metres tall in its natural range, but is lower growing in cultivation, from small to tall shrub size. It has tiny cones on branch ends, with separate male and female plants. It needs moist growing conditions for best growth.

Scientific Name:Diselma archeri
Common Name:Dwarf Pine
Other Common Names:Cheshunt Pine
Plant Type:Small tree, Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 6 metre
Width:1 ~ 4 metre
Flower Colour:Brown
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Cold climate
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Screen, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Playground friendly






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.