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Indigenous Tall Trees up to 30m

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

    

Acacia dealbata – Silver Wattle

A fast growing open tree with fern like bluish green foliage. Profuse lemon-ball flowers from July to October. The Silver Wattle is a hardy easily grown tree ideal for parks and larger gardens and for use as windbreaks or erosion control.

Height:

6m – 30m

Width:

5m – 10m

Requirements:

Adaptable to a wide range of sites but prefers moist soil. Full or partial sun.

 

Acacia dealbata-Silver Wattle Fact Sheet  

 

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Acacia melanoxylon –  Blackwood

Fast growing upright tree with a dense rounded crown. Dull green leaves variable in size. Flowers with cream balls from July to October.  A long lived tree providing good screening and shade. In cultivation most Blackwoods will only grow to 20m. Tolerates dryness once established. Tends to sucker if roots are damaged.

Height:

 5m – 30m    

Width:

4m – 15m

Requirements:

Adaptable but prefers deep moist soils and good drainage. Full or partial sun.

  Acacia melanoxylon - Blackwood Fact Sheet

 

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Eucalyptus cephalocarpa –  Silver-leaf Stringybark   

A medium sized tree with a dense canopy. Useful as a shade or shelter tree. Resistant to light to moderate frosts. Rough fibrous bark with leaves that are silver and egg shaped when tree is juvenile. As a mature tree the leaves are oblong and a grey- green colour. Flowers with clusters of silvery shiny diamond shaped buds followed by profuse white to cream flowers from March to August.

Height:

8m – 20m 

Width:

5m – 15m

Requirements:

Adaptable to a wide range of soils, tolerating periods of inundation and limited periods of dryness. Full or partial sun.

Eucalyptus cephalocarpa - Silver-leaf Stringybark Fact Sheet

 

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Eucalyptus macrorhyncha – Red Stringybark

Medium to tall upright tree with red-brown to deep grey stringy fissured bark and a rounded canopy. Attractive shade tree for larger areas. Tree roots are sensitive to compaction of soil.

When juvenile the leaves are oblong with wavy margins. When mature the leaves are glossy and an oblong lance shape.

Flowers with clusters of diamond shaped buds with long caps, white to cream flowers with a sweet honey aroma – January to April. Rounded elliptical shaped fruit.

Height:

10m – 35m 

Width:

10m – 20m

Requirements:

Well drained soils prefers clay loam. Does not tolerate wet soils. Full or partial sun.

Eucalyptus macrorhyncha – Red Stringybark Fact Sheet

 


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Eucalyptus melliodora – Yellow Box

A tall variable open to dense tree. Large shade tree with attractive bark and aesthetic. Food source for Koalas. The variable bark is rough and brownish at the base and smooth cream at the upper branches. Juvenile leaves are grey green and oval shaped. The adult tree’s leaves are narrow light green to greyish or blue.

The tree flowers in September to March with clusters of club shaped buds followed by fragrant white to cream flowers.

Height:

10m – 30m

Width:

8m – 20m

Requirements:

Well drained loams and alluvial soils. Full or partial sun.

Eucalyptus melliodora – Yellow Box Fact Sheet

 

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Eucalyptus obliqua – Messmate

Tall upright tree with a dense canopy. A good tree for shelter or shade for larger gardens. Tolerates periods of dryness. Food source for koalas.

Bark is thick, rough and fibrous and a grey-brown colour. Persistent to lower branches. Leaves are glossy – oblong when juvenile. Adult leaves are glossy green broad lance shaped. Features club shaped buds in clusters followed by profuse white to cream flowers from December to March.

Height:

10m – 30m  

Width:

6m – 20m

Requirements:

Adaptable, well drained soils. Prefers moist sites. Full or partial sun.

 

Eucalyptus obliqua - Messmate Fact Sheet

 

 

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Eucalyptus polyanthemos – Red Box

A slow growing small to medium tree with a compact to spreading crown. An ornamental tree with attractive bluish-green foliage contrasting with reddish-orange stems. Rough fibrous reddish-brown bark in small flakes, often persistent to small branches.  Juvenile leaves are waxy grey-green and rounded. Adult leaves are broad and bluish green, broad, egg to lance shaped. Food source for Koalas.

Height:

10m – 25m      

Width:

5m – 15m

Requirements:

Well drained soils, tolerating difficult sites such as dry, stony and shallow. Full or partial sun.

 

Eucalyptus polyanthemos – Red Box Fact Sheet

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Eucalyptus radiata – Narrow-leaved Peppermint

A medium to tall low-branching tree with semi-pendulous branches and a dense compact crown. An attractive and graceful tree providing shade and shelter. Straight unbranched trunk with grey-brown fibrous bark throughout with smaller branches becoming smooth. Juvenile leaves are soft and broad with pointed tips. Adult leaves are a dull grey-green, thin and narrow. Leaves have a strong peppermint aroma when crushed. Clusters of club shaped buds followed by profuse white to cream flowers from October to January

 

Height:

10m – 20m    

Width:

6m – 15m

Requirements:

Well drained soils tolerating a range of conditions. Full or partial sun.

Eucalyptus radiata – Narrow-leaved Peppermint Fact Sheet

 

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Eucalyptus viminalis – Manna Gum    

Fast growing tall upright tree with open canopy. A good ornamental and shade tree with an attractive white trunk suited for large gardens or parklands. Food source for koalas. Rough bark persists at the base. Bark is shed in long ribbons during summer, leaving the upper trunk smooth and white. The juvenile leaves are dark green and lance to broad shaped. Adult leaves are green and glossy, narrow and often sickle shape.

 

Height:

10m – 50m   

Width:

8m – 15m

Requirements:

Adaptable, tolerating a range of conditions, though prefers moist, well drained soils.

 

Eucalyptus viminalis – Manna Gum Fact Sheet

 

 

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