5 Australian Trees that Everyone Loves

By | April 21, 2015

Australia has some of the loveliest tree species – small wonder that so many of them have become sought after ornamentals all over the world. Let’s take a look at five gorgeous species that are almost irresistibly beautiful.

Queensland Lacebark (Brachychiton discolour)

If you’d like to plant this gorgeous species, you’ll need plenty of room. The Queensland Lacebark reaches a height of 30 meters and has a magnificent spread of 15 meters. Of course, that makes it a lovely shade tree. It drops its leaves for a brief period at the end of the winter, but that’s the prelude to this tree’s amazing party trick: A mass of big pink and red blooms with sorbet-coloured petals that are darker underneath. Trusses of stunning blooms make this tree a sight to behold!

Queensland Lacebark

Queensland Silver Wattle (Acacia podalyriifolia)

Turn your garden into a treasure chest of silver and gold with the Queensland Silver Wattle. The silky, metallic foliage is prized by florists all over the world and the explosion of bright golden, powder puff blooms are sweetly scented. It only reaches a height of 6 meters, and the crown spreads as wide, making it suitable for smaller gardens provided the stems are cleared of their lower branches. It tends to be quite bushy if left to itself, but that means you can use it to create a privacy screen.

Tree Waratah (Alloxylon flammeum)

The flame red blooms and handsome foliage of the Tree Waratah makes it one of the most attractive trees of Australia. It’s a medium-sized tree that reaches a height of about 15m with a shady, spreading crown up to 8m wide. Although it’s a fairly tropical species, it adapts well to cooler conditions.

Brush Cherry (Syzygium australe)

The best thing about the brush cherry is the way you can manipulate it to create exactly the effect you like best. Although it reaches 10m in height and a width of 5m if left to itself, you can shape it as you please. They’re favourites as topiaries and make a handsome hedge thanks to the glossy leaves and non-poisonous red fruits. Better yet, they’re perfect as shade trees for smaller gardens and the fruits will attract hosts of birds into your garden.

 Tree Waratah (Alloxylon flammeum)

Grey Myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia)

Some sources cite a mature height of 30m for the grey myrtle, but it’s very unusual for them to get as big as that. 7 – 12m is probably the most reasonable estimate of average mature height. This pretty Australian tree adds an aromatic touch, not only to your garden, but also your cooking! Use it to add flavour to rice or as a spice in sweet and savoury dishes: delicious! However, the loveliest thing about this tree is the constellation of star-shaped white flowers that adorn it when it’s in bloom.

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