Large Shrubs

Large Shrubs

This section covers shrubs 4 meter to 8 meters tall.

Acacia mucronata - Narrow-leaf Wattle

1-4 m x 2-5 m

Erect or spreading shrub with cream to yellow flower spikes.

Dry well drained soil. Full sun, semi-shade.

A showy shrub for a dry situation. Very rare in Melbourne.

Acacia stricta - Hop Wattle

2-5 m x 2-4 m

Open, erect tree with lemon flowers.

Reliable in most clay soils often in moist areas. Full sun to full shade.

A quick growing low windbreak ideal for planting under existing trees.

Acacia verticillata - Prickly Moses

1-3 m x 1-3 m

Slightly weeping prickly tree, yellow flowers.

Tolerates both moist and dryish conditions in sandy, clay or rocky soils. Full sun, semi-shade.

A quick growing light screening plant. Seeds and pods provided food for Aborigines.

Banksia marginata - Silver Banksia

1-6 m x 1-4 m

Variable dense to open tree, yellow flower spikes.

Prefers good drainage tolerating soils which can be wet in winter and dry in summer. Full sun, semi-shade.

Bushy forms make excellent screening plants.

Bursaria spinosa - Sweet Bursaria

2-6 m x 2-3 m

Upright shrub, masses of fragrant creamy-white flowers.

Well drained to moist soils. Full sun, semi-shade.

This easily grown plant is attractive in flower and fruit.

Cassinia trinerva - Three-Veined Cassinia

2-5 m x 1.5-3 m

Dense rounded and erect shrub. Broad flat clusters of whitish flowers.

Moist, well drained soil. Semi-shade to full shade.

Goodia lotifolia - Golden Tip)

1-5 m x 1-5 m

Fast growing tree with racemes of fragrant yellow pea flowers.

Moist to dry well drained soils, intolerant of alkaline soil. Full sun, semi-shade.

Very showy in flower. Prune after flowering.

Hedycarya angustifolia - Native Mulberry

3-7 m x 4 m

Glossy dark green leaves with inconspicuous pale green flowers.

Rich, moist well drained soil. Dappled to full shade.

Fruit resembles a mulberry but is inedible.

Kunzea leptospermoides - Burgan

Synonym: Kunzea ericoides

2-5 m x 2-4 m

Fast growing with long-stalked white flowers. Also dwarf, weeping form.

Adaptable, tolerating wet and dry periods. Full sun, semi-shade.

A very attractive shrub. Tolerates hard pruning.

Leptospermum grandifolium - Mountain Tea-tree

1.5-6 m high

Dense tree with large white flowers.

Moist to wet soil. Semi-shade to dappled shade.

Leptospermum lanigerum - Wooly Tea-tree

2-6 m x 1-3 m

Dense shrub or erect small tree. Attractive grey leaves, masses of white flowers.

Moist soils. Full sun, semi-shade.

Leptospermum Scorparium - Prickly Tea-tree

Synonym: Leptospermum continentale

2-5 m x 1.5-3 m

Dense, erect tree, masses of white flowers. Both riparian and heathland forms.

Moist soils. Full sun, semi-shade.

Lomatia myricoides - River lomatia

2-5 m x 1-3 m

Small tree with perfumed cream flowers.

Moist well drained soils. Semi-shade to full shade. Tolerates short wet periods.

Attractive slow-growing small tree which flowers well in the garden with summer watering.

Melaleuca squarrosa - Scented Paperbark

2-5 m x 1-2 m

Erect, open to compact shrub. Cream to yellow brushes.

Moist to wet soils. Full sun, semi-shade.

An attractive shrub that responds well to pruning.

Olearia lirata - Snowy Daisy-bush

2-5 m x 2-3 m

Soft open shrub. Masses of white flowers, moist soil.

An excellent shrub to brighten a sheltered position in spring.

Pomaderris racemosa - Slender Pomaderris

2-5 m 1-2 m

Slender shrub. Dark green leaves, small clusters of yellow flowers. Growth is mostly erect.

Well drained soils. Semi-shade to full shade.

Ideal for planting in areas where space is limited.

Prostanthera lasianthos - Victorian Christmas Bush

2-8 m x 2-4 m

Compact small shrug or upright small tree. White flowers in Summer. 

Moist, well drained loamy soils. Full sun to full shade.

A spectacular tree in flower.

Viminaria juncea - Golden Spray

1.5-5 m x 1-2.5 m

Fast growing shrub, long drooping sprays of yellow flowers.

Poorly drained soils, tolerating salt and lime. Full sun.

Most attractive in flower.