Leon Fuller's excellent book Wollongong's Native Trees identifies a number of species that would work well in suburban gardens, and all of these species can be seen out and about in the Illawarra, on one of the rainforest tracks or other walks in the area, such as Blackbutt Reserve or at Seven Mile Beach.
Here are a few of the species that Leon Fuller recommends trying (in addition to the Koda featured in my last post):
Native hydrangea (Abrophyllum ornans)
|Native hydrangea - still only a baby!|
Another beautiful small tree is the Celery Wood (Polyscias elegans), which is quite rare in the Illawarra. It has an elegant form, pretty bipinnate leaves and masses of purple berries in spring. I haven't got a photo of it at all - it is hard to find - but check it out at this website!
If you are looking to add native trees to your garden, I strongly recommend buying Leon Fuller's book and having a browse for suitable species. You can order copies online from Landcare Illawarra or buy it at the University of Wollongong bookshop.
Happy gardening, after all the recent rain!