This week we are featuring Acer species, commonly known as Maple trees. Most species are native to Asia. Trees vary in height from 10 m to 45 m while shrubs grow up to 8 m. In autumn, Acers have a stunning display of foliage before the leaves fall. Flowers appear in late winter/early spring. Beautiful ornamental garden plants and popular as bonsai plants, Maples also have a number of other uses: source of syrup (most commonly from Acer saccharum); timber for sports equipment such as baseball bats, pool cues, bowling pins; tonewood timber for musical instruments such as guitars, violins and drums; pulpwood for paper and are also a major source of pollen in early spring for honeybees.
Acer buergerianum $25.00/25 g
Acer campestre $10.00/25 g
Acer negundo $12.00/25 g, $315.00/kg
Acer platanoides $12.50/25 g
Acer pseudoplatanus $12.00/25 g
Tabebuia chrysantha $65.00/1000 seeds
Common Name: Golden Trumpet Tree
Native to South America, grows 6 to 12 m tall. Large, fragrant, tubular, deep yellow flowers are produced in clusters in spring. Tolerates salt and wind, suitable to coastal plantings. An excellent shade tree for gardens and street plantings.
Ginkgo biloba $12.00/25 g, $129.00/kg
Common Name: Maidenhair Tree
Native to China and south Japan, growing 20 to 35 m tall with a conical canopy. Deciduous in autumn, the leaves turn yellow before falling. Resistant to wind and snow damage, suitable for large gardens and parks.
Nandina domestica $25.00/1000 seeds
Common Name: Sacred Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo
Native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan. Not a true bamboo, grows to 2 m. Deciduous in colder areas. New foliage is pink/red before turning green, old leaves turn red/purple before falling. In spring, white flowers appear in conical clusters, followed by bright red berries late autumn. Attracts bees and pollinating insects, used as a specimen plant or background/border/fence line plant.
Eucalyptus scoparia $97.50/25 g
Common Name: Wallangarra White Gum
Naturally occurs in a small region on the Queensland / New South Wales border near Wallangarra. Grows up to 12 m with a broad spreading canopy and attractive grey/white bark. Tolerates dry, hot conditions. Used in street plantings, parks and large gardens. Conservation status is vulnerable.
Pandanus pedunculatus $375.00/1000 seeds
Common Name: Pandanus, Screw Pine
Native to eastern Australia, from Port Macquarie to northern Queensland, and Pacific Islands. A dioecious evergreen growing to 15 m tall and 5 m wide. Leaves are strap-like with toothed margins on branches in a screw-type arrangement. Large fruit (pineapple sized) occur on female trees can take up to a year to mature. Does not tolerate frost but is salt and wind tolerant, supported by prop roots to protect against strong coastal winds. Prefers full sunlight to light shade.
Albizia julibrissin $9.00/25 g, $165.00/kg
Common Name: Persian Silk Tree
Native to south-western and eastern Asia. A small deciduous tree growing 5 to 16 m. Flowers are sweet-scented and a source of nectar for birds, butterflies and bees. Used as an ornamental garden or park plant as the arching canopy of fine foliage provides excellent shade and flowers make a showy display. Grows well in full sun in hot climates and tolerates low water.
Cyphomandra betaceae syn Solanum betaceae $27.00/25 g
Common Name: Tamarillo, Tree Tomato
Native to north-west South America and cultivated in subtropical regions around the world. Fast growing shrub/small tree to 5 m. Flowers are pink/white in clusters of 10 to 50 flowers, followed by fruit set of 1 to 6 fruit per cluster. Fruits are egg-shaped, edible, 4 to 10 cm long, ripening from green to yellow/orange or red/purple. Prefers a Mediterranean climate such as where citrus grows, must be protected from the wind and does not tolerate frost or drought.
Ardisia crenata $89.50/1000 seeds
Common Name: Australian Holly, Christmas Berry
A compact shrub to 1 m, native to eastern Asia. Leaves are glossy, dark green. Flowers are small white/red and fragrant in clusters, followed by glossy red fruit in autumn/winter. Prefers part shade.
Gardenia thunbergii $17.00/25 g or $495.00/kg
Common Name: Tree Gardenia
An evergreen ornamental shrub native to South Africa. Grows to 2 m. An attractive garden specimen with glossy, green leaves used in hedge plantings and containers. Most notable for the heavily fragrant white flowers in spring.