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Acacia cognata - Narrow Leaf Bower Wattle / River Wattle / Bower Wattle

A shrub to tree 3-10m in height with willowy arching branches, dark yelllowish green, thin, linear phyllodes with small globular pale lemon yellow flowers in late Winter to Spring.  This species is distributed in SE Australia on the coastal and adjacent foothills of the Great Divide from near Nowra, NSW to near Orbost, VIC in moist gullies and in hillsides in lowland sclerophyll forest, on sandstone and in soils derived from Granite.  A beautiful specimen with a soft gentle habit and luscious bright green foliage, breeders have delevoped many wonderful cultivars from this species with great results.

Brachychiton populneus - Kurrajong

A drought tolerant tree to 20m, but very often smaller, this species has a natural distribution from NE VIC to Townsville QLD, from coastal areas through to semi arid inland on various soil types.  The trunk is grey and stout with shiny green leaves and a compact and dense habit with new growth greenish-pink.  Small bell shaped flowers are cream on the outside and a mottled pinkish red in the inside, then followed by large boat shaped seed capsules which contain seeds that resemble corn kernals!  Please note that care should be taken when collecting seed as they are surrounded by irritating hairs in the capsules and therefore best to wear gloves.

Eucalyptus fibrosa - Red Ironbark / Broadleaf Ironbark

A frost and moderately drought tolerant tree 15-35 tall with a straight trunk which is about half the height of the tree, grey-black bark is persistent throughout.  Green to greyish-green leaves, these are broader than in other Ironbarks, white flowers appear in clusters from March - August.  The wood is red, hard and durable and can be used for poles, construction and flooring, there is some value for honey production and also a valuable habitat for native birds, insects and mammals including Koalas.  Distributed in QLD and NSW.

Dear Customers,

A Spring newsletter and me feeling very un-Spring like with the worst cold known to man!

From a purely seed perspective there are some very interesting things happening with the mining industry in general for they are now beginning to look forward as much as three years in terms of species selection and quantities. This is very important for us for on occasions, crops of any one species may be bounteous allowing us to get more seed than we may estimate our needs to be in one given year so with miners looking forward we can take advantage of better cropping where it may occur. Ironically, the reverse is also the case for influenced by this dreadful drought with seed crops non-existent in the majority of Queensland, by miners committing ahead, we can hold seed over in good and bad times.

There are other associated benefits to the propagating industry that we see, if our collectors are gainfully employed more of the time, then their capacity to collect is so much better than it otherwise might be so despite that the mining industry is downturned, that they are mandated to make good the spoilt areas it appear that at long last dividends will flow to the seed and related industries.

Mike.

Please note that we have some excess Belgian Hybrid Clivias, please check fresh harvest list for pricing, these are only available in limited supply so please contact us if you require any more of the yellow, peach or compact orange.

For everyone that has ordered the Acer palmatum atropurpureum, we have been told by our supplier that this will be ready for supply in November.

 

AustraHort Specials September October 2015

 

Chamaedorea metallica @ $89/1000sds

Chamaedorea metallica

 

Cupaniopsis anacardiodes $10/25g & $210/kg

Cupaniopsis anacardioides

 

Dracaena draco $42.50/1000sds

Dracaena draco

 

Ginkgo biloba $9/25g & $65/kg

ginko

 

Liriope gigantea $52.50/1000sds

Liriope gigantea

 

Schizolobium parahybum $10/25g & $195/kg

Schizolobium parahyba

Fresh Harvest September October 2015

Acacia paradoxa - Kangaroo Thorn

A spreading prickly shrub to 2-3m tall with yellow ball shaped flowers from July to October, dark brown finely fissured bark and weeping branches.  An excellent hedge or screening species and also very suitable for low maintenance areas such as road batters.  This species is native to eastern Australia and distributed in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.  Note that this species can form dense thickets in high rainfall areas especially after bushfires.

Casuarina cunninghamiana - River Sheoak

A fast growing and long lived tree, 15-35m tall with fine dark green foliage and furrowed grey bark, commonly growing along or close to freshwater streams and rivers. The seed cones only appear on the female plants and the male trees release pollen from rust coloured spikes.  This species has an extensive root system that helps bind soil and can prevent erosion of stream banks.  A good choice for shade, shelter and windbreak, also improving soil fertility and fixes nitrogen in the soil, a valuable habitat and food tree for parrots, finches, wrens and other birds and also highly palatable to livestock so care must be taken with fencing near these trees.

Eucalyptus melliodora - Yellow Box

A relatively slow growing tree 15-30m tall, usually with a clear trunk with variable bark, spreading to moderately open crown, light mid green narrow leaves, young plants have a distinctive blue grey foliage.  Small white flowers occur August to December and seed capsules persist on the tree until at least the following Spring.  This species is frost and drought tolerant, and a common species int he grassy woodlands of the tablelands and the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range extending from northern VIC through NSW and a scattered distribution into SE QLD as far north as the Carnarvon Range and near Gladstone, occurring mainly on gentle slopes, foothills or on flats near watercourses on alluvials, loams and sandy loams.  It is suspected that there are inhibitors in the seedcoat that may delay germination in this species and that leaching or soaking the seed in large volumes of water will improve germination rates.

Acacia victoriae - Gundabluie / Bardi Bush

A relatively short lived shrub or small tree to 5m with a moderate growth rate and pale yellow ball shaped flowers appear August to December.  This is a widespread species occurring in arid and subtropical areas of all mainland states of Australia except Victoria where it is confined to the north west of the state near Mildura and in the Sunset Country.  It is most commonly found on floodplains and alluvial flats but also rocky hillsides and ridges favouring alkaline soils and this includes clayey alluvials, grey cracking clays and saline loams. This species is best suited to arid and semi-arid climates and successful as a remediation species for mine sites and also erosion control and windbreaks.

Callitris endlicheri - Black Cypress

An evergreen tree to 10m or taller with furrowed tough bark and dark green leaves, occurring in QLD, NSW and VIC and usually found on stony hills or ridges.  This is a fire sensitive conifer, slow growing but frost and moderately drought tolerant.  Its form and foliage make it a good choice for windbreaks, erosion control, ornamental, shade and screening.

Corymbia erythrophloia syn Eucalyptus erythrophloia - Red Bloodwood / Variable Barked Bloodwood

A tree to 15m with red brown tessellated bark, persistent to full trunk and to smaller branches, shedding in flakes.  It has dull green leaves and white flowers from mid Summer to mid Autumn and this species is distributed in QLD.