Prumnopitys ladei – Mount Spurgeon Black Pine

A rare tree with a limited distribution in the wild, but a great Australian conifer that deserves a place in more landscaping, and can also be used in containers as a Christmas tree as it can be used indoors in a well lit position. It is slow growing to around 10 metres high, likes a well drained acid soil with plenty of organic matter, and can be used from sub tropical areas to cooler places as it can withstand moderate frost once established. It has male and female plants, with large blue seeds on the female.

Family:Podocarpaceae
Scientific Name:Prumnopitys ladei
Common Name:Mount Spurgeon Black Pine
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:5 ~ 10 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Green
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Indoor, Container growing, Cold climate
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Bonsai, Decorative fruit

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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