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, 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. It can be prone to suckering if the roots are disturbed.

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