David Taylor

David is a Brisbane arborist passionate to improve the environment by encouraging the planting and management of Australian natives and removing weed species. He's a Christian and his hobbies include bee keeping, chickens and, of course, gardening. As a child he climbed trees constantly. He still does.

Cadaghi

Corymbia torreliana Family: Myrtaceae          Origin: Queensland, Australia Cadaghi are yet another example of an endemic tree that enjoys taking over civilized life. Especially invasive, this tree has been banned from cultivation in many parts of the world including Brisbane, where we recommend removing them. Despite all of its positive characteristics that it’s …

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chinese elm foliage

Chinese Elm

Celtis sinensis Family: Cannabaceae          Origin: China, Japan, North Korea, And Vietnam The Chinese Elm has found a far too happy place in Australian landscapes as it’s become highly invasive. It spreads its seed easily in the wind and is self-pollinating. It is listed as an invasive species both by Brisbane City Council and the …

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Chinese Fan Palm

Livistona chinensis Family: Arecaceae Origin: Japan, Taiwan, and southern China In most parts of the tropical world, this tree is a beautiful and unassuming addition to landscapes in parks and in conservatories, as well as home gardens. Cultivated for container use, it has also happily made its way around the world in the ground. Even …

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Cuban Royal palm trees, taken on the southside of Brisbane

Cuban Royal Palm

Roystonea regia Family: Arecaceae Origin: Southern US, Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. Another tall and stately palm, this time originating from the subtropical and tropical regions of the New World, Cuban Royal palm is a beautiful and adaptable tree perfect for many uses. In its native lands, it’s used for lumber and thatch, as …

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A Bismarck palm tree in Brisbane

Bismarck Palm

Bismarckia nobilis Family: Arecaceae          Origin: Madagascar Said to be named after the first chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck, the entire Latin name honors him with “nobilis” meaning ‘noble’ at the end. Otto maintained peace between the German states during his lifetime, creating the first welfare state in history …

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Cabbage Tree Palm

Livistona australis Family: Arecaceae Origin: Eastern Australia One of the more characteristic looks of this palm that many might be familiar with is the constant shedding of dead fronds that hang low and brown from the crown. They usually need to be removed by an arborist, as the tree will retain these dead fronds. However, …

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Ivory Curl

Buckinghamia Celsissima Family: Proteaceae     Origin: Rain forests from Mt Spec to Cooktown The Ivory Curl is a beautiful feature tree often seen in the backyards and found in undisturbed bushland in its native area. According to the Australian Native Plants Society, the tree is named after Richard Greenville, the Duke of Buckingham. As the tree …

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Tall golden cane in algester, brisbane

Golden Cane Palm

Dypsis lutescens Family: Arecaceae       Origin: Madagascar Commonly known as the Golden Cane palm, this palm is extremely popular in landscapes and gardens not only here in Australia, but in many parts of the world. Where it gets too cold to cultivate outside, Golden Cane palms make wonderful and happy houseplants. In fact, this plant …

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Cabbage Tree

Cordyline australis Family: Asparagaceae    Origin: New Zealand In its native habitat, the Cabbage Tree is an interesting yet much appreciated tree by native animal and human populations. This tree was cultivated by an endemic people of New Zealand as a source of fibers used for clothing, shoes, baskets, and fishing gear. The fruits are a …

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Tulipwood

Harpullia pendula Family: Sapinsaceae       Origin: Tropical and sub-tropical eastern Australia A popular garden and urban tree, Tulipwood is a beautiful, native, hardy, and well-behaved small tree that suits landscapes well. It’s commonly used along urban coastal roads, as its toughness helps it to thrive in salty areas along ocean shores and in the …

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