Celery-top Pine


Phyllocladus aspleniifolius, also known as Celery-Top Pine, is an endemic coniferous evergreen tree native to the cool, temperate rainforests of Tasmania, Australia. It is widespread in Tasmania, with the most abundance in the western highlands. Its ‘leaves’ appear similar to a celery plant, hence the common name.

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius is endemic to Tasmania and is the most widespread and abundant conifer in Tasmania. Commonly found in wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest, from sea level to 1200m in the west and southwest of the state. It is often found growing on cool temperate rainforests with species such as the Myrtle Beech, Southern Sassafras and Leatherwood. It is also found in wet sclerophyll forests with Eucalypt spp., where it reaches its maximum height.

The Celery Top Pine can grow up to 25-30 meters in height and 1-2 meters in width. It’s a slow-growing tree and can take some time to reach maturity. The tree is conical; the new leaves are needle-like and slim, with mature leaves reduced to minute scales. The tree prefers well-drained soils rich in organic matter and a humid environment. It is tolerant of frost and can tolerate light snow. It prefers partial to full shade but can tolerate full sun if the soil is moist.

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius is used in landscaping and horticulture and is known for its ornamental value. It can be used as a specimen tree, hedge, or screen. The tree is also famous in bonsai culture.


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