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PIONEER PLANTS

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A list of Pioneer Plants for the australia environment. 

Old Swamp Turpentine Tree growing in swamp By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Swamp turpentine

Excellent farm tree for shelter and shade. Grows in most soils including swampy situations. Frost resistant. Older trees provide an ideal site for birds and wildlife shelter.
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silky oak By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Grevillea Silky Oak

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.
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Black Bean Flowers

Black bean

An attractive tree with glossy dark green foliage and profuse flushes of yellow and red pea-like flowers during summer. The green seeds of the black bean pod are poisonous. The timber is highly prized. Bird attracting. 40m
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Syzygium francisii compliments By Raffi Kojian (http://Gardenology.org) [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Lilly Pilly - Giant water gum

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
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Riberry fruit and leaf flush By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Lilly Pilly - Riberry

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.
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Scentless Rosewood

This is a very bushy tree used in regrowth areas. It features reddish-brown, fine and scaly and a distinctive aqua hue to some of the flakes. The trunk is often crooked. The red fruit is an important food tree for birds during the spring months.
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Ehretia acuminata flowers By Denis.prévôt [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Koda

Fast growing medium tree with scented flowers and golden-yellow bird-attractive berries. Briefly deciduous. Hardy.
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Cryptocarya glaucescens fruit & foliage; Red Cedar Flat, Royal National Park, Australia By Poyt448 Peter Woodard [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Jackwood

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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Turpentine trunk By Forest and Kim Starr [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/DYhf8G

Turpentine tree

Ideal windbreak tree or excellent specimen for parks. Provides insect and water resistant timber. Australian Timber Database  
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Macaranga tanarius By Tatters ✾ [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/7WWrtV

Macaranga

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.
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Sandpaper Fig Birds eye By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Fig - Sandpaper Birds Eye

An outstanding selection of the native Sandpaper fig. Large, flavoursome, red fleshed fig. 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.
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Native Rosella Flowers By Poyt448 Peter Woodard [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Native Rosella

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.
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Tulip Satinwood By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Tulip Satinwood

Occurs naturally North N.S.W. to South Qld in dry rainforests. A tree with attractive foliage, red flowers and brown berries. Pale yellow timber valued for cabinet work. Excellent landscape tree.
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Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus By Daderot [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Kurrajong

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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Magenta Cherry By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Lilly Pilly - Magenta Cherry

Most popular native hedging plant in Australia. Attractive dense glossy new growth. Also edible crunchy cherry like fruit.
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Celerywood polyscias elegans tree By Tatters ✾ [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vVbFPT

Celerywood

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

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.
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Native Frangipani Hymenosporum flavum Flowering Tree By Dinesh Valke [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/aMhWsz

Native frangipani

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.
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Pencil Cedar

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
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Red Cedar at Brindle Creek in Border Ranges National Park By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Red Cedar

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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Ivory Curl Buckinghamia celsissima (Ivory Curl Tree) By Jan Smith from Brisbane, Australia [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Ivory Curl Tree

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.
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Old Brush Box at Carlas By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Brush box

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
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Flindersia schottiana - Cudgerie, Bumpy Ash or Silver Ash By Tatters ✾ [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/8TdBck

Cudgerie

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.
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Purple pea bush (Hovea acutifolia) By Tatiana Gerus [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Purple Pea Bush

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.
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Alphitonia excelsa at the entrance of Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens By Casliber [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Red Ash

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.
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Melia azedarach flower compliments By Jesús Cabrera [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/bd68Ui

White Cedar

Hardy deciduous native tree, suitable as a quick growing shade tree. The fragrant lilac flowers and yellow fruits of the White Cedar make it an appealing ornamental tree. It is poisonous to humans and dogs, but birds and possums are fond of the fruit. Semi-deciduous. 13m
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Native Olive

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.
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Harpullia pendula Tulipwood flowering and seeds By Forest and Kim Starr [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/CX2R7S

Tulipwood

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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Sandpaper Fig fruit By DaleysFruit.com.au [All Rights Reserved]

Fig - Sandpaper

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.
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Pink Euodia Tree By Tatiana Gerus from Brisbane, Australia [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Pink Euodia

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.
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Flindersia brayleyana Queensland Maple QLD By Forest Starr and Kim Starr [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Queensland Maple

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.
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Blue Tongue

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.
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Whalebone Tree

This is a graceful tree with weeping foliage that is commonly seen in warmer sub tropical, dry and riverine rainforests of NSW and QLD
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Habit of australian flowering tree - Brown Kurrajong Commersonia bartramia By Tatters ✾ [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/7KVLjm

Brown Kurrajong

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.
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Cupaniopsis anacardioides By Tatiana Gerus from Brisbane, Australia [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuckeroo

An attractive, fast growing and hardy small to medium tree well suited to coastal areas. Good wildlife food source. Makes a excellent street tree or pioneer in reforestation.
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Aspen - White

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.
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Silver Aspen Plant By Poyt448 Peter Woodard [CC0] from Wikimedia Commons

Aspen - Silver

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.
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Native mulberry Pipturus argenteus Fruits By Lauren Gutierrez [CC BY-ND 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/9LMKcZ

Native Mulberry

This is an excellent tree for rainforest restoration as it attracts many birds and insects.  It has small, white edible fruits that are sweet and hold their seeds on the outside like strawberries.  Trees are dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate trees.  
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Pittosporum Undulatum By JZ_Photography [All Rights Reserved,Used by Permission] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/263FqUh

Australian Daphne

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.
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Bleeding heart Omalanthus nutans Leaf By Poyt448 Peter Woodard [Public domain] from Wikimedia Commons

Bleeding Heart

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
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Neolitsea dealbata (White Bolly Gum, or Hairy Leaved Bollygum) By Tatters ✾ [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/bsS5kE

White Bolly Gum

Grows up to 12 meters high. It has glossy, elliptic to obovate leaves which have whitish, waxy undersides. Younger leaves and branchlets are covered with brown hairs. It has small, 2 mm long flowers followed by rounded, black fruits which are about 8 mm in diameter and ripen from mid-autumn to early winter
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Pink Ash

Very fast small to medium tree. Excellent pioneer species with open crown of rounded green leaves with silver backs. Bird attractive. Full sun.
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Grevillea White Oak By Tatters ✾ [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/7bjcQ2

Grevillea - White Oak

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.
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Pittosporum rhombifolium By Poyt448Peter Woodard [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

Queensland Hollywood

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.
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Glochidion ferdinandi fruit By Mark Marathon [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] from Wikimedia Commons

Cheese Tree

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
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Bark of Guioa semiglauca: bark of a 43 cm diameter at breast height, Hacking River, Royal National Park, Australia By Poyt448 Peter Woodard [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Guioa

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.
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Mallotus philippensis - Red Kamala

Common tree in regenerating rainforest areas, Very hardy tree to 10m. Suitable tree for reforestation purposes, expecially in difficult postions
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Batswing coral tree erythrina vespertilio By Gustavo.kunst [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] from Wikimedia Commons

Batswing coral

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.
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Elaeodendron australis red olive berry By John Tann [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)] From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/6fiGWH

Red olive berry

This is a handsome fast growing small tree frequently seen in suburban gardens. Trees are annually festooned with large quantities of the small bright orange fruits, which are a spectacular sight on mature specimens.
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Tristaniopsis laurina - Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina - Water Gum

An attractive tree with dark glossy leaves and a dense crown. As a name suggests it prefers wet areas in rainforests such as creek banks. Water Gum provides food for the blue triangle butterfly. Fruiting occurs in Autumn.
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Mallotus discolour - Yellow Kamala

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.
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Myrsine variabilis - Muttonwood

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.
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Rhodamnia argentea - Silver Myrtle

Small to medium-sized tree. Green glossy leaves with a dull whitish underside. Attractive black round fruits Warning This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust It has been observed in the field with moderate to severe damage and will require ongoing treatment to control the rust. For more information follow this link. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust
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Alectryon - Beach

Alectryon - Beach

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.
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Alectryon - Hairy Birds Eye

The fleshy aril is quite pleasing to the taste, although there isn’t 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.
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Cissus antarctica - Water Vine

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.
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Euroschinus falcata - Ribbonwood

Medium to tall tree with handsome foliage similar in appearance to red cedar (Toona australis). Fast growing and hardy. A pioneer rainforest tree.
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Flower and fruit of the Hairy Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum tomentosum). Paruna Reserve, Como NSW Australia, January 2010. By John Tann from Sydney, Australia [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)]

Hairy Clerodendrum

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. 
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Pittosporum - Hairy

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Polyscias australiana - Ivory Basswood

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.
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Rhodamnia maideniana - Smooth Scrub Turpentine

Native to Nth NSW and Sth Qld. It is rare both in the wild and in cultivation, this beautiful ornamental scrub prefers a semi shaded position in moist position. Striking bright red new growth and favourite to the birds.
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Rhodamnia rubescens - Scrub Turpentine

Variable in size from a large shrub to a medium tree depending on conditions usually a small tree. Interesting three-veined leaves, and orange to black fruit very attractive to birds. Hardy in full sun.
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Sambucus australasica - Native Elderberry

The native elderberry is an attractive graceful understory shrub seldom seen as a 10m tree.  The small yellow fruits are edible with soft, juicy, sweet flesh although they are a little bland in flavour.  It requires moist soil and some protection, in its natural habitat it is found along watercourses in warm temperate, subtropical and dry rainforest.
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