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A list of Pioneer Plants for the australia environment. 

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Native frangipani

$4.90 ($2.75-$14.90 choose a size)

A fast growing, Australian native rainforest tree bearing terminal clusters of very fragrant, cream flowers that age to a golden yellow. Highly recommended hardy specimen tree.

Kurrajong

$3.95 ($3.95-$9.90 choose a size)

A hardy tree for drier sites frequently grown for shade or stock fodder. Trees have a straight stout trunk and produce cream flowers in spring. Indigenous Australians used the bark fibres to make rope and string, the wood was used for fire sticks. A common tree in drier rainforests.
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Red Kamala

$3.90 ($2.75-$3.90 choose a size)

Common tree in regenerating rainforest areas, Very hardy tree to 10m. Suitable tree for reforestation purposes, expecially in difficult postions
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Lilly Pilly - Magenta Cherry

$14.90 ($2.75-$14.90 choose a size)

Most popular native hedging plant in Australia. Attractive dense glossy new growth. Also edible crunchy cherry like fruit.
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Tulipwood

$3.95 ($2.75-$14.90 choose a size)

An attractive spreading tree with glossy leaflets. Flowers are insignificant. Showy fruits occur during winter and are two-lobed, yellow or red with large black seeds.
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Ribbonwood

$4.90 ($2.75-$4.90 choose a size)

Fast growing and attractive the ribbonwood is an excellent tree to establish a rainforest garden around and is an essential regeneration tree. Can grow to 40m.

Bleeding Heart

$14.90 ($4.90-$14.90 choose a size)

A shrub or small tree with soft green leaves above and grey/green underneath. The mature leaves often turn a dark red. The two-lobed bluish capsular fruits ripen from December through to March. 6m

Pink Ash

$3.95

Very fast small to medium tree. Excellent pioneer species with open crown of rounded green leaves with silver backs. Bird attractive. Full sun.

Aspen - White

$15.90

A small to medium rainforest tree with striking bright white fruit that is produced during winter. A good food source for birds and can be eaten by humans. Fruits have a orange flavour with a pleasant aromatic peppery flavour.

Brush box

$3.95 ($3.95-$12.90 choose a size)

These trees resemble a eucalypt in appearance but the large green leaves and flowers are distinctive. It has the largest trunk diameter of most rainforest trees. The showy flowers have showy white petals. Fruit is bell-shaped with three valves. Australian Timber Database

Alectryon - Beach

$2.95

A small tree up to 11 metres in height. Only found growing near the sea from as far south as Newcastle to Maryborough in Queensland.

Alectryon - Hairy Birds Eye

$2.95

The fleshy aril is quite pleasing to the taste, although there isnt much of it; but the seeds are cyanide collectors, and toxic, especially if chewed. Great caution should be exercised if you are tempted to try these fruits.

Aspen - Hairy acronychia

$3.90

Fast growing and adaptable tree with broad, furry, trifoliate leaves, white flowers and clear yellow aromatic fruits with a sweet, refreshing and fragrant flavour. Prefers good soil and protection from frost.

Aspen - Silver

$9.90

A rainforest tree in the citrus family. Common names include doughwood, snowwood, and mushyberry as well as silver aspen. The fruit is a moist, fleshy drupe.

Australian Daphne

$9.90 ($1.95-$9.90 choose a size)

Dense Evergreen small to medium tree with sweetly perfumed cream flowers September to November, followed by showy orange berries in winter. Shiny, wavy edged leaves.

Batswing coral

$3.95

Scarlet pea-flowers in spring occur usually when the tree is leafless making this an attractive addition to any garden. Birds are attracted to the showy flowers. Growing 6 to 10 meters they are commonly seen in dry rainforests. The thorny trunk is another interesting feature of this tree.

Black bean

$9.75 ($9.75-$14.90 choose a size)

An attractive native Riperian Rainforest tree with glossy dark green foliage and profuse flushes of yellow and red pea-like flowers during summer. The timber is highly prized. Bird attracting. 40m

Blue Tongue

$4.90 ($4.90-$12.90 choose a size)

Widespread native, very attractive bushy shrub with dark green leaves and large pink to mauve flowers over many months. Also produces sweet, edible blue-black berries. Its scientific name Melastoma, means black (mela) tongue (stoma). Often confused with the exotic tibouchina. Very hardy.

Brown Kurrajong

$9.90

Small, fast, pioneer species with an open spreading habit and horizontal branches layered with white flowers in December. Very hardy, withstands full sun. Provides a useful shelter for more tender rainforest trees.

Callicoma

$2.95

Celerywood

$9.90

A very elegant bird attracting tree that is fast growing. It is a very useful pioneer tree used for rainforest regeneration projects.

Cheese Tree

$12.90 ($2.95-$12.90 choose a size)

Fast growing bushy tree with spreading crown of smooth shining leaves. Pretty foliage and red fruits shaped like miniature round cheeses that are highly attractive to birds. A hardy pioneer tree which grows best in full sun. 6 to 8m

Cissus antarctica - Water Vine

$2.95

Great ground cover or screening plant that is very hardy, however looks its best when watered and feed well.Common food source for rainforest pigeons in late summer.

Cudgerie

$12.90 ($4.90-$14.90 choose a size)

Fast growing tall tree with large leaves and up-turned branches. Hardy in most conditions but prefers plenty of moisture. One of the best pioneer trees. A butterfly attracting tree.

Fig - Sandpaper Birds Eye

$21.90 ($14.75-$21.90 choose a size)

An outstanding selection of the native Sandpaper fig. Small, red fleshed fig with good flavour. The fruits ripen from red to dark-red almost black and are sweet and floral tasting. Heavy cropping and no splitting in wet weather. Ideal native fig for a wide range of climates. The leaves are rough and sandpapery and were used by Indigenous Australians to finish wooden tools.

Fig - Sandpaper

$14.90 ($4.95-$14.90 choose a size)

This small fig occurs along watercourses along the east coast of Australia. An attractive small tree with sandpapery leaves and edible fruit. Grows densely in full sun, less so in shade. Very good for stream bank stabilisation.

Grevillea Silky Oak

$4.90 ($4.90-$15.90 choose a size)

Very fast growing slender tree with ferny foliage and bright yellow toothbrush flowers. Grows in a wide range of conditions including southern and inland areas. Good indoor plant.

Grevillea - White Oak

$12.90 ($4.90-$17.90 choose a size)

A rainforest tree to 8m The tree is covered in creamy cylindrical flower spikes in late spring. Large glossy green leaves divided when young. Underside is gold changing to a silvery grey. Attractive all year round.

Guioa

$15.90 ($9.90-$15.90 choose a size)

Common pioneer tree across the east coast. Makes a versatile fast growing, bird attracting tree for rainforest regeneration plots. Do not plant near dwellings as branches are brittle.

Hairy Clerodendrum

$2.95

A fantastic pioneer tree that attracts bird, insects and butterflies.  It does require a shady moist position to look its best.  New shoots are tinged with purple and both the flowers and fruits are highly attractive. 

Ivory Curl Tree

$17.90 ($4.90-$17.90 choose a size)

This tall shrub or small tree flowers in its third year. It is often grown as a street tree or specimen where its sweetly scented cream flower spikes can be appreciated. Retains its compact shape when grown in full sun. Frost tender when young.

Jackwood

$15.90 ($3.95-$15.90 choose a size)

Medium to large tree with dense crown of dark leaves, paler underneath. Black wrinkled fruits are attractive to birds. Hardy in most areas, including southern Australia. Moderately fast growing.
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Koda

$3.90 ($2.75-$9.90 choose a size)

Fast growing medium tree with scented flowers and golden-yellow bird-attractive berries. Briefly deciduous. Hardy.

Lilly Pilly - Giant water gum

$4.90 ($4.90-$12.90 choose a size)

The trunk is generally buttressed with a large diameter and the canopy can spread over almost the same distance as the height of the tree. Sometimes cultivated as an ornamental but too large for household plantings. 40m

Lilly Pilly - Riberry

$14.95 ($4.90-$14.95 choose a size)

The small leaved lilly pilly produces masses of red pear shaped fruit. Its handsome purple-red growth makes this lilly pilly one of the favourites as an Edible Hedge. The fruit exhibits a juicy but slightly acidic finish. Which is reminiscent of cinnamon. It is a very popular ingredient in wild-food dishes.

Macaranga

$2.95

Very fast growing,vigorous tree for exposed sites. The broad heart shaped leaves are distinctive and ornamental. Suitable for shelterbelts, initial rainforest regeneration and as a background foliage plant in the garden.

Mallotus discolour - Yellow Kamala

$3.95

Native to regrowth and rainforest areas form the Clarence River NSW to Townsville. A compact admirable garden tree to 15 m with bright yellow fruits, can be used as a yellow dye.

Myrsine variabilis - Muttonwood

$2.95

The muttonwood is a bird attracting shrub or small tree, it can grow to 15m in it natural state but is more commonly seen as a 2-3 m shrub in cultivation. It makes a fantastic screen with its bird attractind small blue fruits.

Native Mulberry

$14.90 ($4.95-$14.90 choose a size)

This is an excellent tree for rainforest restoration as it attracts many birds and insects. It has small, whiteedible fruits that are sweet and hold their seeds on the outside like strawberries. Trees are dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate trees.

Native Olive

$9.90

Bushy tree to 30m with a sparse canopy.The trunk has smooth grey brown bark.The blue-black fruit are oval, the fruit are bird attracting and the tree is an excellent butterfly host. This is a fast growing pioneer species.

Native Rosella

$14.75 ($4.90-$14.75 choose a size)

Hibiscus heterophyllus is a tall erect shrub. The flowers have a large crimson central blotch and are up to about 15 cm across. The leaves are either narrow, broader or deeply lobed, up to 15 cm long. 6m.

Pencil Cedar

$14.90 ($14.90-$14.90 choose a size)

Mature pencil cedars are sparsely branched with an umbrella-type canopy of long leaves. Very fast growing with a year growth rate of up to 3m. A handsome foliage plant for subtropical gardens and useful indoor specimen when young

Pink Euodia

$14.75 ($4.95-$14.75 choose a size)

A fast growing rainforest tree with masses of pink flowers along the branches in summer, attracting many species of birds and butterflies. The euodia is the host tree for the UIlysses butterfly and may flower when only a year old.

Polyscias australiana - Ivory Basswood

$2.95

Small erect tree, 3-8m, flower profuse tiny in very open greenish sprays, foliage is pinnate appearing almost palm like, interesting contrast in form, fast growing in sun no doubt slow in moderate shade, well worth trying.

Purple Pea Bush

$2.95

A small to medium evergreen Australian shrub that gets small 1cm purple flowers in Aug to Sept. Leaves are green on top with a golden brown underside.

Queensland Hollywood

$14.90 ($3.90-$14.90 choose a size)

An attractive shrub with flowers regularly in summer. The leaves are a dull dark green with a pale midrib and maroon stems. Droplet-shaped fleshy, black fruits appear during winter and early spring, each containing several rounded yellow-spotted seeds.

Queensland Maple

$9.90 ($3.95-$9.90 choose a size)

Medium to large handsome tree with compact crown and dark leaves. Hardy and fast growing. The attractive, figured timber makes it a valuable species for agro-forestry. Excellent tree for reforestation.

Red Ash

$12.90 ($4.90-$12.90 choose a size)

This tree is a natural colonizer in a wide range of conditions. Fruits are round and black and the mealy flesh encloses two hard capsules. These usually fall, leaving red seeds attached to the twigs for months.

Red Cedar

$14.90 ($4.90-$17.90 choose a size)

Fast growing deciduous rainforest tree highly valued for its timber in earlier days. Has now become rare. Easily grown on moist soils of eastern Australia.

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Native frangipani

$4.90 ($2.75-$14.90 choose a size)

A fast growing, Australian native rainforest tree bearing terminal clusters of very fragrant, cream flowers that age to a golden yellow. Highly recommended hardy specimen tree.

Red Cedar

$14.90 ($4.90-$17.90 choose a size)

Fast growing deciduous rainforest tree highly valued for its timber in earlier days. Has now become rare. Easily grown on moist soils of eastern Australia.

Cudgerie

$12.90 ($4.90-$14.90 choose a size)

Fast growing tall tree with large leaves and up-turned branches. Hardy in most conditions but prefers plenty of moisture. One of the best pioneer trees. A butterfly attracting tree.

Kurrajong

$3.95 ($3.95-$9.90 choose a size)

A hardy tree for drier sites frequently grown for shade or stock fodder. Trees have a straight stout trunk and produce cream flowers in spring. Indigenous Australians used the bark fibres to make rope and string, the wood was used for fire sticks. A common tree in drier rainforests.
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Red Kamala

$3.90 ($2.75-$3.90 choose a size)

Common tree in regenerating rainforest areas, Very hardy tree to 10m. Suitable tree for reforestation purposes, expecially in difficult postions

Pioneer Plants Reviews & Tips

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Ian Frew
12y ago

Wishart, QLD, Australia

Waterhousea floribunda - Weeping lilly pilly

OR waterhousia unipunctata which IS BEST for Brisbane??

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