Acacia longissima (Narrow-leaf Wattle)

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Form: Shrub or tree 2-5 metres tall by 2 metres wide

Aspect: Full sun/part shade

Soil/Conditions: Moist, well drained


Attractive slender erect habit with smooth grey bark & dark green leaves, bearing large creamy-yellow flower spikes October to March. 

Seed pods to 14cm long. 

Prefers a well-drained spot. 

Good screening shrub,  similar to Brisbane Wattle.

Family: Fabaceae 


Acmena smithii var minor (Small-leaved Lilly-Pilly)

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Form: Shrub to 4 metres tall by 1.5 metres across.

Aspect: Full sun/part shade 

Soil/Conditions:  Adaptable


Lovely bushy habit, glossy medium-green leaves with pink flushes, tiny white fluffy flowers in Summer and attractive
edible pink fruit.

Frost tolerant and salt spray resistant.

Tolerates South-East winds.

Excellent screening and hedging plant.

Family: Myrtaceae

Special Features:  

Fruit is nice raw or as a jam.

Attracts birds.

Alectryon coriaceus (Beach Bird’s Eye)

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Form: Shrub or small tree to 5 metres tall.

Aspect: Full sun.

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable/Well-drained.


Dense, bushy habit with large glossy dark green leaves.

Attractive green-brown fruit which attracts birds.

Excellent tasting bush tucker fruit similar to raspberries.

Host to four local butterfly species.

Family: Sapindaceae

Special features:

Aboriginal food source.

Excellent screening plant for beach-side areas.



Banksia aemula (Wallum Banksia)

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Form: Tree to 6 metres tall, 3 to 4 metres wide.

Aspect: Full sun.

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable/Poorly-drained.


Small, spreading tree with massive trunk in proportion to height.

Iconic tree of the Sunshine Coast. 

Greyish- green leaves & yellow/greenish cream flower spikes to 15cm in Autumn

Attracts birds.

Salt spray resistant, frost tolerant.


Special features:

Nectar is traditional Bush Tucker. The term  

“Wallum” refers to this particular species.



Homalanthus nutans (Native Bleeding Heart, Queensland Poplar)

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Form: Shrub to 6 metres tall.

Aspect: Full sun/Semi-shade.

Soil/Conditions: Moist/Well-drained.


Bushy Habit.

Soft green leaves that turn red.

Young plants have larger leaves.

Yellow flowers in late Spring/Summer.

Green two-lobed fruit capsules.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Special Features:

Bird attracting

Pioneer plant

Aboriginal and Chinese medicine source

Possible anti-HIV drug source




Macaranga tanarius (Macaranga)

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Form:   Small tree to 6 metres tall by 4metres wide

Aspect: Full sun/Filtered sun    

Soil/Conditions:   Adaptable

Description: Pioneer plant in areas of regrowth, very fast growing with large heart-shaped leaves. 

Male and female flowers on separate plants. 

Sticky green fruit capsules with black fruit that birds love. 

Excellent for revegetation and filling bare areas to provide cover for other plants.

Family: Euphorbiaceae



Petalostigma pubescens (Hairy Quinine Bush)


Form: Shrub 3 to 4 metres tall.

Aspect: Full sun/Filtered sun.

Soil/Conditions: Adaptable/Sandy


Bushy Habit.

Very attractive spreading crown.

Dark grey bark.

Dense green foliage.

Tiny perfumed creamy flowers in December/May and prominent red/yellow fruit.

Tolerates salt spray and south-east winds.

Grows on the hind dunes.

Family: Picrodendraceae

Special Features:

Iconic street tree seen at Peregian Beach.

Grows at Pt Arkwright

Fruit very sour but edible


Petalostigma triloculare (Quinine Berry)

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Form: Shrub to 3-5 metres tall by 2.5 metres wide

Aspect: Full sun/filtered sun

Soil/Conditions:  Stony and Sandy Soils


Spreading shrub or small tree with greyish trunk and dense oval-shaped glossy dark green leaves.

Bears highly perfumed green to cream flowers Dec/May followed by attractive orange or red fruit. 

Grows well under gum trees. 

Leaves eaten by Copper Jewel Butterfly.

Family:  Picrodendraceae


Syzygium oleosum (Blue Lilly-Pilly)

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Form: Small Tree or Large Shrub to 6 metres tall by 3 metres across.

Aspect: Full sun/Filtered sun

Soil/Conditions: Sandy/Adaptable


Ornamental & fast growing, glossy dark green to yellow foliage, leaves smell lemony when crushed, creamy-white flowers in Summer.

Tasty edible purplish-blue fruit in March-May makes good jam. 

Good windbreak or  street tree specimen.

Tolerates south-east winds and  salt spray.  

Family: Myrtaceae

Special Features:

Fruit is nice as a jam.

Attracts birds.




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