Whitehorse City Council

Indigenous Shrubs

The following list is a selection of indigenous shrubs that are both readily available from local nurseries and suitable for many domestic garden:

 

Acacia paradoxa Hedge Wattle

Fast growing dense and spreading shrub covered with thorns. Dark green oblong to narrow leaves with wavy edges to 3cm long. Abundant large golden yellow balls flowering from August to November. A very ornamental wattle suited as a hedge or screen. The thorny habit provides ideal refuge for birds. It may be established below existing trees. Hardy, drought tolerant.

Height:

2m – 4m  

Width:

2m – 5m

Requirements:

Adaptable to any site. Full or partial sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acacia paradoxa - Hedge Wattle Fact Sheet

 

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Acacia stricta Hop Wattle

Fast growing open upright shrub. Features erect narrow elliptical dull grey leaves to 15cm long. Pale yellow balls flowering May – October.

Generally adaptable in cultivation. Suitable for areas of low maintenance and as a screen or low windbreak. Suited for planting under existing trees. Drought hardy.

Height:

2m – 5m   

Width:

2m – 4m

Requirements:

Reasonably well drained positions in moist soils. Shade, full or partial sun.

Acacia stricta – Hop Wattle Fact Sheet

 

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Acacia vericillata Prickly Moses

Variable open prickly shrub with fine green to dark green prickly leaves. Light yellow bottlebrush shape flower spike in June to December. Pruning whilst young encourage a bushy habit and provides good refuge for birds.

Height:

2m-3m

 Width:

3m-5m

Requirements:

Likes well drained soil, but tolerates most conditions, including alkaline soils and periods of water logging. Partial sun.

Acacia verticillata – Prickly Moses Fact Sheet

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Bursaria spinosa  Sweet Bursaria

Slender to rounded shrub or small tree with prickly spines along branches. Shiny dark green leaves to 2.5cm long and 1cm wide. Smaller leafed in drier sites and larger leafed an often spineless in moist sites. Features large creamy white flowers, clustered at the end of branches from December to March. Bronze seed capsules follow after flowering. A hardy easily grown and attractive plant in flower and fruit. Prune when young to encourage a bushy growth. Its thorny habit makes it a good refuge for small birds. Drought tolerant.

Height:

2m – 6m    

Width:

2m – 3m

Requirements:

Well drained soils. Full or partial sun.

Bursaria spinosa – Sweet Bursaria Fact Sheet


 

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Goodia lotifolia – Golden Tip

Fast growing medium to large open erect shrub. Has bluish green oval shaped leaves composed of three clover like leaflets to 25mm long. Flowers with profuse sprays of yellow pea flowers with reddish markings – September to December.   A hardy plant, very showy in flower. Prune after flowering to maintain a bushy growth. Useful as a quick screen or may be thinned to form a tall, loose hedge.

Height:

1m – 5m   

Width:

1m – 5m

Requirements:

Well drained soils. Full or partial sun.

Goodia lotifolia – Golden Tip Fact Sheet

 

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Kunzea ericoidesBurgan

A fast growing dense to open weeping shrub. Aromatic small narrow dark green leaves to 8-25mm long. Masses of white flowers along stems from November to February. An attractive shrub particularly in the weeping form. Excellent screening plant. Prune to encourage bushiness, tolerates hard pruning. It has the potential to revegetate cleared or disturbed areas quickly.

Height:

2m – 5m

Width:

2m – 4m

Requirements:

Adaptable, tolerating wet and dry periods. Full or partial sun.

Kunzea ericoides – Burgan Fact Sheet

 

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Olearia lirata  Snow Daisy Bush

Soft open shrub with dark green leaves, whitish underneath to 16cm long. Masses of small white daisy-like flowers from September to December. An attractive plant to brighten up shady or sheltered sites.

Height:

2m – 5m  

Width:

2m – 3m

Requirements:

Moist well drained soil. Shade or partial sun.

Olearia lirata – Snow Daisy Bush Fact Sheet

 

 

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Ozothamnus ferrugineus – Tree Everlasting

Open and rounded large aromatic shrub or small tree. Flat and narrow oblong shaped leaves to 7cm long. Leaves are dark green and white on the underside. Small white flowerheads in large clusters at the ends of branches from November to February. Grows best as an understorey planting, provides screening. Prune to maintain bushy foliage.

Height:

2m – 6m    

Width:

1m – 3m

Requirements:

Adaptable, prefers moist well drained soil. Full or partial sun.

Ozothamnus ferrugineus – Tree Everlasting Fact Sheet

 

 

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Pomaderris racemosa – Cluster Pomaderris

Slender leafy shrub or small tree. Dark green large soft leaves of 14cm long, paler on the underside. Masses of cream-yellow flowers from October to December. Petals absent. May be established beneath existing trees and suited as a tall screen or windbreak. Useful for stabilising soils along streams and gullies. The tree has interesting bark markings as it ages.

Height:

3m – 6m   

Width:

2m – 4m

Requirements:

Well drained soil. Adaptable, preferring moist sites. Shade or partial sun.

Pomaderris racemosa – Cluster Pomaderris Fact Sheet

 


Prosthanthera lasianthos – Victorian Christmas Bush

Variable compact tall shrub or upright small tree. Pairs of golden toothed leaves to 10cm long with a minty aroma. Masses of funnel-shaped white flowers spotted with orange and purple to 2cm long. Flowers November to January. The Victorian Christmas bush is the largest of the native mint bushes. A variable plant, depending on origins and planting positions. Useful as a screen plant, but needs protection from strong winds. Spectacular in flower.

Height:

2m – 6m   

Width:

2m – 5m

Requirements:

Well drained, prefers moist loamy soils. Shade, full or partial sun.

Prosthanthera lasianthos – Victorian Christmas Bush Fact Sheet



 

Viminaria juncea – Native Broom

A fast growing slender erect shrub with pendulous branches. Long flexible needle-like branchlets to 30cm long. Long drooping sprays of yellow orange pea flowers from October to February. A hardy shrub, attractive when in flower which draws attention to its weeping form. Can be short lived.

Height:

2.5m – 5m  

Width:

2m

Requirements:

Adaptable to a range of situations, including poorly drained soils, salt and lime. Prefers slightly moister soils. Full or partial sun.

Viminaria juncea – Native Broom Fact Sheet

 

  

 

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