Lillypliiy's attractive, small flowers

Syzyigium australe Family: Myrtaceae Origin: Eastern Australia A very popular and native Australian tree, this wonderful (usually) tree is grown in lots of ways. It has been bred into many cultivars suitable for many uses in the garden. Lillypilly can have a lot of names and has been misnamed many times because of the range of cultivars it comes in. Names like Brush Cherry, … [Read more...]


Cadaghi tree, Brisbane

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. Despite all of its positive characteristics that it’s evolved in the wild, these same characteristics make it a very … [Read more...]

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, many people don’t mind and accept it as part of the … [Read more...]

Ivory Curl

Ivory Curl, Buckinghamia celsissima

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 is common enough in the … [Read more...]


A Brisbane tulipwood, harpullia pendula

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 less than ideal air and … [Read more...]

Alexander Palm or Alexandra Palm

Alexander palms in Calamvale, Brisbane

Archontophoenix alexandrae Family: Aracacaea         Origin: Native to Northern and Central Queensland, Australia A key feature of the Alexander Palm is its capacity to tolerate heavy inundation under heavy rain events. This survival quality has made the palm a dominant species in tropical Queensland. Favoured for its beautiful shaped and clean visual appearance compared … [Read more...]

Foxtail Palm

foxtail palm in algester, brisbane

Wodyetia bifurcata Family: Arecaceae        Origin: Endemic to Cape Melville, Northern Queensland Foxtail palms are now prolific not just in Brisbane but all over the world in tropical and sub-tropical climates. That's quite remarkable, considering they were unknown to the world just over thirty years ago. They were brought to botanists attention in 1978, growing in Cape … [Read more...]