It's exciting, but we also know we've got far more plants than the garden can actually handle: about 30 Christmas bush ((Ceratopetalum gummiferum) seedlings for a start! They'e appearing in large numbers, so they clearly grow happily round here:
|Going mad with tiny Christmas bushes|
|A narrow-leafed mallee about six |
|Figs like this one are popping up out of bat droppings!|
Narrow-leafed mallee grows to only three metres tall, and is a true multi-trunked mallee species, which grows together with the closely related Eucalyptus stricta in the north of the Illawarra. You can see more pictures here and growing information here. Sandpaper fig is the smallest fig tree native to this region, and reputedly has the best tasting fruit (the bats keep beating us to it!). It can grow up to 10m tall, but is often shorter. It occurs across much of the Illawarra and you can find more information here.
We'd like to share a few of these plants with local native gardeners. So if you live in the Illawarra and are keen to take on a seedling of any of these species, drop me a line.