Thanks to some local plant propagators going on an extended holiday, we have 'inherited' a selection of homegrown rainforest plants. Most of them will be comfortable in relatively exposed areas, and many are fairly small in size, so suitable for suburban gardens.
Here are a few of the plants we're looking forward to planting out, and that could work well in many gardens in the Illawarra:
|Whalebone tree (Streblus brunonianus)|
Whalebone tree (Streblus brunonianus) is an excellent small tree for an indigenous Illawarra garden. It will grow up to 15m tall, but is often shorter, and has a relatively narrow shape. Whalebone tree fruits are attractive to many birds, including Lewin's honeyeater, and the amazing green catbird.They can cope with a bit of sun.
This is Guioa (Guioa semiglauca) - or I think it is from checking the leaves! - a small pretty tree that is widespread across the Illawarra. It grows to 6-8m high in gardens.Native tamarind (Diploglottis cunninghamii) is tall but fairly narrow, so could fit into a suburban garden if carefully placed. It is a genuine tamarind, and the edible seeds have a strong sour flavour - but they would be hard to get to once the plant grows a bit!
Flintwood (Scolopia braunii)
Lots of planting days coming up! Thanks Jedda!