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Rainforest remnant at Red Mountain Cawongla

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Rainforest Trees

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Generally rainforest trees can be split up into Understorey Plants, Primary Species, Secondary Species and Mature but there is some overlap... Read More

Cabinet Timber Trees

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The Cabinet Timber Trees are high quality rainforest trees that are great for people with a larger block and who can harvest the timber in about 10-20 years. They are suitable for creating impressive furniture.

Pioneer Plants

Trees and Plants > Rainforest Trees > Pioneer Plants

A list of Pioneer Plants for the australia environment.

Riparian Trees

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Planting along water courses and creeks for controlling erosion.


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Rainforest species

Understorey Plants

Trees and Plants > Rainforest Trees > Understorey Plants

The plants that grow beneath the forest canopy. They are the underbrush or undergrowth that makes a rainforest lush down to ground level. Often these plants can grow in very low light.

North Bauple Nut


The mauve flowers of this tree are beautiful, hanging from the trunk and the branches, followed by striking bunches of red fruits. Beautiful foliage and burgundy new growth make it an ornamental specimen for gardens and rainforest plantings. Native to Far North Queensland, it is surprisingly adaptable, as it is able to tolerate light frosts. The nuts have been known to be eaten but may contain small amounts of cyanide so caution should be exercised

Dwarf Plum Pine

$17.90 ($17.75-$17.90 choose a size)

Dwarf Plum Pine is a member of an ancient family of conifers called Podocarps. The fruit of this specimen is much like it's tall cousin the Plum Pine - Podocarpus elatus, where the fleshy, edible part is actually a swollen stem that holds the seed. The 'fruit' is sweet and refreshing with a jelly like texture. Dwarf Plum Pine is a medium shrub or small tree usually around 2m, with glossy leaves that end in a sharp point. The trees are dioecious, meaning male and female parts are on separate trees. It is best to plant at least 3 seedling to ensure there is the likelihood of at least one female. The tree is found in sheltered East Coast locations and gullies in adjacent ranges.

White Bean


White Bean is a fast growing tree found on the Eastern seaboard, north from the Clarence River, NSW to North Qld and into SE Asia. It has a handsome form, as the tree develops an open branched structure, and the compound leaves cluster at the ends of the branches giving the foliage a feathery look. Attaining a maximum height of 35m and a stem diameter of up to 80cm when fully grown, it is a wonderful addition to rainforest regeneration plantings. It is well adapted to dry periods and does like good drainage in wet times.

Lilly Pilly Select


A dense growing Lilly Pilly with psyllid resistance that forms an excellent screen or privacy wall. Growth is quick in good conditions and it can be clipped to shape, with bronze coloured new growth. White flowers form during summer followed by pink edible fruits. This variety is suitable for topiary. Best growth is see when the plant is grown in full sun.

Lemon Myrtle

$21.90 ($17.90-$21.90 choose a size)

The Lemon Myrtle occurs naturally throughout coastal Qld rainforests. It is a spectacular ornamental tree due to both its appearance and the superb fragrance of its flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers are used in sweet and savoury dishes or as a refreshing tea. However as boiling or baking often reduces the flavour. The leaves are best added to the recipe at the end of the cooking process and either left to steam with the lid on or made into a sauce or dressing. It is usually the older and fully hardened-off leaves that are harvested for use. Enthusiasts describe the distilled oil from this tree as 'more lemony than lemon' and its used extensively to scent confectionery, perfumes, aromatherapy oil and food flavourings.

Lilly Pilly - Riberry

$19.90 ($3.75-$19.90 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 and cloves. It is a very popular ingredient in wild-food dishes.
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$14.75 ($4.90-$14.90 choose a size)

Seeds can be eaten after roasting or ground into a flour. The tuberous root is nutritious with an agreeable taste. A hardy tree for drier sites frequently grown for shade or stock fodder and as street trees in inland towns. 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 of the east coast.
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Lilly Pilly - Aussie Compact


Native with non-invasive roots. Perfect hedging screen. Excellent for topiary. Foliage is compact, neat and glossy green through to bronze new growth. Grows to 3 metres high x 1.5 metres wide.

White Beech

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

Medium to large fast growing timber or specimen tree with purple and white flowers and bright blue-purple fruits which attract native pigeons. Excellent in tub when young. Partly deciduous. This superb rainforest tree is difficult to germinate, so supply can vary
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Native Gardenia

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

An evergreen rainforest tree with attractive glossy foliage and highly perfumed, small, white, tubular flowers, in spring. They also produce a large, edible, yellow fruit. Ideal for large tubs, shade tree or somewhere the delicious scent can be enjoyed.
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Davidson Plum NSW

$19.75 ($4.90-$24.75 choose a size)

An outstanding small tree that prefers warm conditions and some shade. The sour purple fruits have bright red flesh that makes excellent jam. Davidsonia jerseyana is the southern form, it fruits in the summer months and is generally a smaller plant than the northern Davidsonia pruriens. The fruit form on the trunk of the tree and it is striking in full fruit.
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Staghorn Fern (30cm)


The staghorn is one of the most prominent and stunning features of our native rainforest. They are epiphytic and adorn the treetops with their spectacular foliage, they can also be lithophytic which means growing on rocks. Each fern consists of two types of frond, the nest fronds are infertile and grow around the host tree holding the fern firmly in place as well as providing it with a nest at the top to catch falling leaves which rot down and feed the plant. The fertile fronds are the dramatic antler shaped fronds that produce the spore, these hang down from the center of the fern. It is important to give your fern a bright spot in filtered sunlight, they do not like dense shade but will appreciate some humidity. Protect from drying winds and do not over water your fern. Feed with a liquid fertilizer during the warmer months.

Native Ginger

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

The ginger tasting roots are eaten and the flesh from the bright blue fruit can be sucked off the seeds. Excellent landscape specimen. A versatile plant loved by First Nations people. The large leaves are thatched and used to make shelters and to wrap food for cooking.
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Lilly Pilly - Coolamon

$18.75 ($2.95-$18.75 choose a size)

A rainforest tree which is a threatened species in the wild. Plant in rich soil with adequate moisture. Attractive red-pink flowers with large white edible fruit formed on the trunk and branches called cauliflorous fruit development. The fruit has the freshness of Granny Smith apples with a somewhat dry texture. Likes to grow in riverine and gully like conditions in low altitude locations. The Coolamon reaches up to 25 - 40m with a 60cm trunk.
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