Celery Top Pine (phyllocladus aspleniifolius)

Phyllocladus aspleniifolius is a large, conical conifer of the Podocarpaceae family, endemic to Tasmania in Australia, where it is widespread, with the most abundance in the western highlands. Its ‘leaves’, which are actually modified branches known as cladodes, appear like those of a celery plant, hence the common name. It does best in wet sclerophyll forests, growing to a height of 15 – 40m, with trunks 85cm+, reaching ages in excess of 800 years. The wood of good sized trees is straight grained and dense, golden brown, and not dissimilar to yew (Taxus). It is considered a high value and speciality species by the timber industry. The wood is hard and strong with little shrinkage, bends and works well, and is very durable, being used for railway sleepers, flooring, ship masts, furniture, and cabinet work.

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