THIS VARIETY IS A MEDIUM SIZED RAIN FOREST TREE.
REACHES 30 M IN HEIGHT.
FLOWERS BLOOM IN NOVEMBER - DECEMBER THEY ARE USUALLY WHITE - CREAM.
FRUITS MATURE FROM DECEMBER - FEBRUARY AND IS IN A FORM OF A RED BERRY.
COMMON NAME/S: TAGASASTE, TREE LUCERNE
THIS IS A SMALL SHRUBBY TREE GROWING TO 5 METRES WITH AN EQUAL SPREAD.
A NATIVE OF THE CANARY ISLANDS WHERE IT PREFERS THE EXTREMELY ARID SOILS ON VOLCANIC SLOPES OF THE ISLAND, BUT WILL DO EQUALLY AS WELL ON SANDY SOILS, GRAVEL, LOAMS, LIMESTONE AND LATERITES.
THE BRANCHES ARE LONG, LEAFY, AND DROOPING; FLOWERS ARE WHITE FRAGRANT AND PROFUSE; FRUIT ARE PEA-LIKE PODS AND IT HAS NO THORNS.
IT SURVIVES TEMPERATURES DOWN TO MINUS 9 DEGREES C.
DO NOT HEAT TREAT SEED, SEED MUST BE SCARIFIED USING SAND PAPER.
In Viminaria juncea the phyllodes are 25 mm long stringy smooth and flexible a fresh green and always appear healthy.
Very rapid clean growth in almost any soil is one great advantage of the species which can be put to any garden use in sun or shade.
It is tough enough for planting in public gardens and quite hardy to frost in Canberra.
Waterhousea Floribunda is one of the many trees now making its home in Melbourne from northern Australia.
This tree is native to northern coastal New South Wales and extends north into Queensland.
It has been used in Melbourne since the early 1900s but is becoming more popular because of its relatively quick growth lush foliage and screening potential.
Like the other lilly pillies Weeping Lilly Pilly has lustrous dark green evergreen foliage.
If not pruned this foliage can extend to the base of the tree and if clipped can become very dense.
As a screen Weeping Lilly Pilly can be kept to a height of 4-5 m with a spread of 2-3 m.
As it grows quite quickly formal hedges will need to be tended at least twice a year.
This tree is much hardier than expected, being quite happy in full sun and able to withstand at least a light frost.
It is reputed to like large quantities of water but can survive quite well with none.
If treated to additional water and fertilizer you may be rewarded with very fast growth.
About the only thing this species objects to is poor drainage and is recommended to anyone with a creek, dam, or gully and the room to grow it.
The long leaves with their wavy margins are a dark glossy green with new growth sometimes vivid red before turning lime green
Occasional old leaves turn red before dropping.
In low light areas the hot pink new growth against the glossy dark green older foliage looks stunning.
This coupled with its lovely shape and attractive weeping habit has made it well known in cultivation for many years.
COMMON NAME: GRASS TREE
TRUNK ABSENT OR TO 0.6 M HIGH
STEM USUALLY SIMPLE
YOUNG LEAVES IN A STIFF ERECT SPREADING TUFT.
LEAVES TRANSVERSE-RHOMBIC IN T.S. 2 - 4 MM WIDE 1.5 - 2.5 MM THICK BLUE-GREEN GLAUCOUS.
SCAPE USUALLY 0.7 -1.5 M LONG RARELY TO 2.2 M 10 - 30 MM DIAMETER
SPIKE AS LONG AS SCAPE OR SOMETIMES SHORTER 60 - 120 CM LONG 2 - 4.5 CM DIAMETER
CLUSTER BRACTS OBSCURE OR PROMINENT ONLY AT BASE OF SPIKE SHORTLY ACUTE DENSELY HIRSUTE
PACKING BRACTS SHORTLY ACUTE DENSELY HIRSUTE DARK BROWN.
OUTER TEPALS SHORTLY ACUTE WITHOUT BEAK OR PROBOSCIS HIRSUTE.
INNER TEPALS ERECT OR SLIGHTLY REFLEXED SOMETIMES WITH PROBOSCIS AT LEAST ONE PETAL IN EACH FLOWER HIRSUTE ON MID-VEIN AND APEX ON THE LOWER SURFACE.
COMMON NAME: STRAWFLOWER
WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS HELICHRYSUM BRACTEATUM.
CAN BE FOUND IN BOTH ANNUAL AND PERENNIAL FORMS.
VARIES IN HABIT FROM PROSTRATE TO A SHRUBBY PLANT OF ABOUT 1 METRE IN HEIGHT.
THE LEAVES ARE USUALLY LARGE AND GREEN TO GREY-GREEN IN COLOUR, MIX OF BRIGHT COLOURS
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