Glochidion ferdinandi – Cheese Tree


The unusual cheese-shaped fruits that open to reveal showy bright red seeds are a feature of this medium sized tree. Its dense canopy and fast growing habit makes it a good shade tree, street and specimen tree and it is a good nesting site for birds. It will grow to around 8 metres tall in most situations, but can grow taller in ideal conditions. Suits a range of soil types, and sunny or shaded positions. It is not prone to any major pest or disease problems and is virtually maintenance free. The fruit is liked by seed eating Australian birds. Can be used indoors in a well lit position.

Scientific Name:Glochidion ferdinandi
Common Name:Cheese Tree
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:8 ~ 30 metres
Width:5 ~ 10 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Green
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Indoor, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Decorative fruit, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Other insects






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.