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Grevillea 'Sunrise'

grevillea 'Sunrise'

A hybid species thought to have Grevillea bipinnatifida as one of its parents. A small bushy shrub growing to 60cm in height and spreadin up to 2m. Apricot coloured spider-like flowers stand out against the grey-green foliage.
 
originHybrid species.
cultural notesA hardy plant that prefers full sun and well drained soils. Will tolerate humid, tropical conditions.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesTolerant of frost and drought.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring.
flower colourApricot coloured spider-like flowers.
foliage colourLeaves are grey-green and grow to 6cm in length.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 0.6m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive small shrub suitable as a feature plant or as a border.

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bird attracting
bog gardens
clay soils
coastal gardens

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urban and commercial
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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
reasonable drainage
poor drainage

Melaleuca parvistaminea

Rough barked honey myrtle

An upright shrub or small tree with rough scaly bark, growing to 4m in height and 5m in width. Narrow linear dark green leaves to 11mm and cream coloured flower spikes 2.5cm in length.
 
originNSW, Vic.
cultural notesNaturally occurs in poorly drained infertile soil in full sun or part shade.
toleratesTolerant of frost, poor soils, damp conditions and temporary innundation.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourCream coloured brush-like flower spikes to 2.5cm long and 1cm in diameter. The fruit are small woody capsules.
foliage colourSmall blunt linear dark green leaves to 11mm in length and 1mm in width.
widthup to 5m
heightup to 4m
plant spacing150cm apart
recommended usesUseful as a screen plant in damp areas or along watercourses. Bird and butterfly attracting and provides frog habitat.

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urban and commercial
residential
farm forestry and agriculture

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Eucalyptus agglomerata

blue leaf stringybark

A tall erect tree growing to 40 m in height. Rough, fibrous 'stringy' bark, dark grey or grey brown in colour. Foliage is blue-green, giving the crown a blue appearance.
 
originNSW, Vic.
cultural notesPrefers shallow, well drained soils in an open sunny position. Tends to grow taller in moister soils than on drier ridges.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring
flower colourYellow flower buds are followed by greenish white flowers in clusters.
foliage colourGlossy green to blue-green lanceolate leaves to 17cm in length. The juvenile foliage is shorter and ovate in shape.
widthup to 8m
heightup to 40m
plant spacing500cm apart
recommended usesGood shade tree, bee attractant.

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residential
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light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Eucalyptus tereticornis

forest red gum

A tall tree growing to 50m in height. It has smooth bark that tends to shed in irregular patches leaving a mottled surface with shades of blue, grey, white and cream. Narrow, shiny green leaves and profuse white flowers in winter and spring.
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originNSW, Qld, Vic, Papua New Guinea.
cultural notesAdaptable to a range of climates. Naturally found in soils with medium to high fertility. Often the dominant species in its natural habitat.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring.
flower colourSmall white flowers appear from small yellow flower buds with cone shaped caps. Fruit are hemispheric horned capsules.
foliage colourThe glossy green leaves are narrow, curved and up to 20cm in length. They are conspicuously veined and generally pendant.
widthup to 5m
heightup to 50m
plant spacing400cm apart
recommended usesA stately, attractive tree. Important koala habitat and bee attractant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Ethel Aardvark

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light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Eucalyptus mannifera

brittlegum

A medium sized tree growing to 20m. The bark is smooth to ground level and powdery white mottled with grey. It turns shades of pink, red or orange in late spring or summer and sheds in short ribbons. Grey-green lance-shaped leaves and small white flowers.
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originNSW, ACT, Vic.
cultural notesFound naturally in poorer, well drained soils. This species prefers an open sunny position.
maintenanceAs the common name brittlegum suggests, the wood is quite brittle and this species will occassionally drop branches. Responds well to coppicing.
toleratesTolerant of frost, drought and poor soils.
flowering seasonSummer and Autumn although flowering season can differ depending on the climate.
flower colourClusters of small white flowers from green club-shaped buds. The fruit are dark brown, three valved capsules.
foliage colourGrey-green lanceolate leaves, prominantly veined, to 12cm in length.
widthup to 5m
heightup to 20m
plant spacing300cm apart
recommended usesA handsome tree with an attractive white trunk. Medium sized, it is suitable for many gardens or as a street tree. Care must be taken as to its placement due to its tendency to drop branches unpredictably. Bee attractant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Danielle Langlois

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good drainage
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Eutaxia microphylla

common eutaxia

A small spreading shrub growing to 1.5m in height and width. The narrow leaves are grey-green, sometimes tinged with bronze and crowded on the branches. Predominantly yellow pea style flowers appear in spring and summer.
 
originNSW, Qld, Vic, SA, WA.
cultural notesVery hardy, adapts to most soils and positions from full sun to heavy shade. Once established it will tolerate waterlogging and extended dry periods.
maintenanceResponds well to pruning.
toleratesTolerant of drought, frost waterlogging and poor soils.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourThe pea style flowers are yellow, often streaked with red or purple.
foliage colourLeaves are small and narrow and crowded on the branches. They are usually around 2.5mm long, but can grow to 7mm, and to 1mm in width. They are grey-green in colour.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 1.5m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesA useful small shrub for rockeries, borders or as a container plant.

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bird attracting

project type

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residential
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soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
reasonable drainage

Eucalyptus bicostata

eurabbie

A tall tree growing to 45m in height. Smooth white or blue grey bark and and dark green leaves to 30cm in length. Fast growing.
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originNSW, Vic.
cultural notesRequires a sunny position, preferably in moist reasonably fertile soils. Will tolerate dryer conditions once established.
maintenanceJuvenile foliage is susceptible to damage by caterpillars.
toleratesTolerant of frost and drought once established.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourCreamy white to yellow flowers followed by bell shaped, greyish-white fruit.
foliage colourThe long, glossy dark green adult leaves are curved and lanceolate. Juvenile foliage is silvery blue.
widthup to 10m
heightup to 45m
plant spacing4cm apart
recommended usesUseful as a shade tree in colder climates.
 
plant image creditspublic domain

plant type

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bird attracting

project type

urban and commercial
residential
farm forestry and agriculture

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Eucalyptus melliodora

yellowbox

A medium to large sized tree, growing to 30m. A broad crown to 25m in width. The branches often have a gnarled twisting form. The lower bark is rough and flaky, brownish, tinged with yellow near the base, smooth and pale on the upper trunk and branches.
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originNSW, ACT, Vic, Qld.
cultural notesHardy in most soils in full sun or part shade.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourProfuse creamy-white, very occassionally pink, flowers appear from club-shaped buds. Fruit are hemispherical with 4 or 5 valves.
foliage colourThe adult foliage can vary from a light green to a blueish-grey, leaves are lanceolate to 14cm. Juvenile foliage is ovate to 11cm.
widthup to 25m
heightup to 30m
plant spacing1000cm apart
recommended usesA good tree for large gardens and parks. Bee attractant.
 
plant image creditspublic domain

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
frost tolerant
verge planting

project type

urban and commercial
residential
horticultural production

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Grevillea 'Forest Rambler'

grevillea 'Forest Rambler'

A sprawling bushy shrub spreading to 2m. Dark green leaves, oval in shape. Yellow to pale pink flowers are produced in spring.
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originCultivar
cultural notesA hardy plant accepting of most soils. Prefers full sun.
maintenancePrune lightly if required.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring.
flower colourYellow to pale pink loosely clustered spider-like flowers.
foliage colourBright to dark green linear to ovate leaves.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing80cm apart
recommended usesA fast growing shrub suitable as an low informal hedge or feature plant. Bird attracting.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Melburnian

plant type

native trees and shrubs


water      hardiness





top ten

bird attracting

project type

urban and commercial
residential
farm forestry and agriculture

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Eucalyptus bridgesiana

apple box

A medium sized tree growing to 25m in height. Course grey fibrous bark on trunk and larger branches. Glossy dark green lance-shaped leaves to 20cm long and white flowers occurring in summer.
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originNSW, ACT, Vic, Qld.
cultural notesPrefers well drained, fertile soils in a sunny position.
toleratesTolerant of drought and frost.
flowering seasonSummer.
flower colourFlower buds are egg-shaped on short stalks and in clusters. They open to white flowers. The fruit are large and hemispherical, with 3 projecting valves.
foliage colourThe adult foliage is glossy dark green and lanceolate, growing to 20cm in length. Juvenile foliage is heart-shaped and occurs in opposite pairs.
widthup to 15m
heightup to 25m
plant spacing500cm apart
recommended usesGood as a shade tree or windbreak. Bird and bee attracting.
 
plant image creditspublic domain

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