Beach Cherry

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Exocarpus latifolius

Family : Santalaceae

The Beach Cherry is an erect shrub or smaller tree, usually between 4 – 8 metres tall. These plants are semi-parasitic as they live off the roots of other plants. For this reason they are very difficult to propagate or transplant.

The foliage of the Beach Cherry is oval in shape and greenish yellow with distinctive parallel veins. The flowers are tiny, borne on spikes about 1 - 2 cm long. Fruit is a succulent red or orange ‘cherry’ (actually a modified stalk) with the seed attached to the outside. These cherries are attractive to birds. The fruit is never found in great abundance.

Although it is often found in areas of coastal shrub in sandy soils, the Beach Cherry will tolerate most soils. It prefers warm climates and can tolerate full sun. This plant is rarely cultivated due to the difficulty in germinating seeds.


Quick Facts

Flowers April to September
Fruit June to October
Coastal Zone Hind Dune
Fauna Habitat Birds, Others and Insects
Growth Habit Shrub
Typical Height 4m - 8m
Soils Most Soils or Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Moderately Wet Areas through to Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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