The blush pink of new leaves
Photograph by: Poyt448
Elaeocarpus eumundi is an evergreen tree that can grow 30 metres or more tall, though it is considerably smaller in the south of its range[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood. A very ornamental tree, worthy of being cultivated, though very slow to grow from seed[
Australia - Queensland, northeast New South Wales.
Well developed rain forest on a variety of sites at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. Sub-tropical rainforest and riverine scrub[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
This species ranges from tropical rainforest in the north of its range, where it can grow at elevations up to 1,100 metres, to more sheltered warm temperate forests at low elevations in the south of its range. It can tolerate some frost[
Succeeds in full sun as well as forest shade[
]. Tolerant of a range of soils, including low fertility, but grows best where there are ample nutrients and moisture[
A fast-growing tree[
A useful general-purpose timber[
We have no more information on the specific properties of the wood of this species, however the following is a general description of the wood from this genus:-
The heartwood is light-yellowish white to pink-brown, it is not distinctly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is moderately fine and even, with straight to shallowly interlocked grain. The wood is soft to moderately hard; light in weight to moderately heavy; weak; not very durable. It seasons fairly slowly with slight end and surface checking; shrinkage is fairly low. It is easy to resaw and cross-cut; planing is easy and leaves a moderately smooth finish; nailing properties are good. A general purpose wood, it is suitable for purposes such as general planking, shuttering, boxes, crates, wooden pallets, match splints, veneer and plywood[
The seed of most species in this genus is covered by a hard, woody shell and can be very slow and erratic to germinate, sometimes taking 2 years or more. Filing down the shell, or cracking it (being very careful not to damage the seed) in order to allow the ingress of moisture can help to greatly speed up germination. Sow the seed in containers in light shade. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out,
Cuttings of almost ripe shoots, in a sandy soil in a frame. The leaves should be left on the stem.[
]. Many species strike readily from cuttings.
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