Small Trees

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 paradoxa - Hedge Wattle

2-4 m x 2-5 m

Fast growing dense spreading shrub. Prickly tree, abundant large golden yellow balls.

Dry to moist well drained situations. Full sun, semi-shade.

A very ornamental wattle. A noxious weed in some rural areas.

Acacia pycnantha - Golden Wattle

3-10 m x 2-5 m

Erect or spreading small tree. Gold flower balls.

Well drained loamy soil. Tolerates light to moderate frosts. Full sun, semi-shade.

Australia's floral emblem. Fast growing and drought resistant.

Acacia stictophylla - Cinnamon Wattle

Synonym: Acacia leprosa

2-4 m x 2-4 m

Fast growing small tree. Drooping, aromatic foliage with scented lemon ball flowers.

Moist to well drained soils. Semi-shade to full shade.

Rare in Victoria. An excellent medium screening plant.

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.

Allocasuarina littoralis - Black Sheoke

4-8 m x 2-5 m

Erect small tree, woody cones.

Bark on old trees is dark and deeply furrowed and is ideal for growing epiphytic orchids.

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.

Banksia spinulosa - Hairpin Banksia

2-4 m x 2-5 m

Dense tree, narrow dark green toothed leaves, flowers are golden yellow spikes.

Prefers moist well drained soils but will tolerate dryness once established. Full sun, semi-shade.

An excellent shrub for growing under established trees. Can prune lightly.

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 aculeata - Dogwood

2-4 m x 1-2 m

Open, upright shrub. Aromatic, cauliflower heads of white flowers, or sometimes pink flowers.

Heavy, moist and well drained soils. Semi-shade.

Cyathea australis - Rough Tree-fern

5-15 m high

Upright fibrous trunk. Dark green triangular fronds.

Moist well drained soil tolerating short dry periods and some sun once established. Semi-shade to full shade.

Not easily transplanted.

Dicksonia antarctica - Soft Tree-fern

2-12 m high

Robust, erect trunk. Oblong fronds.

Moist humus-rich soil in humid high rainfall areas. Semi-shade to full sun.

Commonly sold as bare trunks in nurseries.

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.

Gynatrix pulchella - Austral Hemp Bush

2-4 m x 1.5-3 m

Open woody shrub to small tree. Hairy, heart-shaped leaves.

Well drained moist soil. Semi-shade.

Often profuse in flower. Prune regularly to avoid becoming straggly.

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 ericifolia - Swamp Paperbark

4-9 m x 2-6 m

Erect, open to bushy shrub or small tree. Masses of short cream brushes.

Moist or wet fertile soils, tolerating dry conditions once established. Full sun, semi-shade.

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 argophylla - Musk Daisy-bush

3-10 m x 3-5 m

Fast growing tall shrub, white flowers.

Moist, rich, well drained soils. Dappled and full shade.

An attractive tree for a shady area.

Ozothamnus ferrugineus - Tree Everlasting

2-4 m x 2-4 m

Open rounded shrub. White flower heads.

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

Pittosporum bicolor - Banyalla

3-10 m x 2-4 m

Upright bushy shrub or small tree. Single yellow bell-shaped flowers.

Moist, humus-rich, well drained soils. Semi-shade to full shade.

An interesting shrub for a shaded position.

Polyscias sambucifolia - Elderberry Panax

1-3 m x 1-3 m

Rounded shrub or small tree. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers. Edible fruits.

Moist soil. Semi-shade to full shade.

Pomaderris aspera - Hazel Pomaderris

5-12 m x 2-4 m

Variable shrub, hairy, deeply veined leaf. Masses of cream flowers.

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

A middle-story shrub or tree with interesting markings.

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.