YouTube: Daleys Staff go to Brindle Creek subtropical Rainforest.

YouTube: Daleys Staff go to Brindle Creek subtropical Rainforest.

Sharing the joys of growing a Rainforest

Sharing the joys of growing a Rainforest By Paul Daley ©A Lush Forest [All Rights ReservedUsed By Permission] (Photo Credits)


Rainforest By Paul Daley ©A Lush Forest [All Rights ReservedUsed By PermissionAll Rights ReservedUsed By Permission] (Photo Credits)

Rainforest remnant at Red Mountain Cawongla

Rainforest remnant at Red Mountain Cawongla

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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

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.

Dwarf Plum Pine

$21.90 ($17.75-$21.90 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.

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

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.

Cabinet Timber Trees

Trees and Plants > Rainforest Trees > Cabinet Timber Trees

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

Trees and Plants > Rainforest Trees > Riparian Trees

Planting along water courses and creeks for controlling erosion.


Trees and Plants > Rainforest Trees > Secondary/Mature

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.

Extra Information

Australia is home to some of the most magnificent and unique rainforest plants in the world. A most versatile group of plants, they have ornamental, environmental and commercial value and can be used to create attractive backyard habitats, as indoor specimen plants, small-scale reforestation projects or large commercial ventures.

Subtropical rainforest is found in high rainfall areas in rich volcanic soil. The forests contain 10 to 60 species of trees, the more common ones being the booyongs, yellow carrabeen, rosewood, figs and lillypillies.


Macadamia Bush Nut

$14.75 ($2.90-$19.75 choose a size)

This was the first Australian native food plant to be grown by non-indigenous Australians as a commercial crop. Genetic diversity of this valuable nut species has been reduced significantly through land clearing. Very hardy and easily grown along most of Australia's east coast and even down into Victoria.
Buy 4+ @$14.75 Free Freight

Grevillea Silky Oak

$3.40 ($3.40-$18.75 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.
Buy 4+ @$3.40

Red Cedar

$4.40 ($4.40-$18.75 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.
Buy 4+ @$4.40

Cassowary Pine

$14.95 ($14.95-$21.90 choose a size)

This is a beautiful tree with large glossy leaves and stunning pendulous flowers. The flowers produce large quantities of nectar which attract lots of wildlife. Cassowary love feeding on the large fruits when in season. Also called the mango pine, this deciduous or semi-deciduous tree is found in New Guinea and Australia chiefly in coastal areas. The glossy leaves tend to be whorled at the ends of the branches, The fragrant white flowers are in long pendulous spikes and appear just prior to the new growth flush. Will grow as far south as subtropical Northern NSW.

Baeckia - Clarence River

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

Fine, weeping foliage and abundant white flowers in Spring and Summer, make this pretty shrub a good addition to a native garden. Perfect for a medium height, informal hedge
Buy 2+ @$12.90

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