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Lilly Pilly - Coolamon

$4.95 ($4.95-$13.90 choose a size)

The Coolamon reaches up to 25 - 30m. A rainforest tree it is also an endangered species. Plant in rich soil with adequate moisture. Attractive red-pink flowers with large edible fruit.

Lilly Pilly - Blue

$17.90 ($3.95-$17.90 choose a size)

A native tree with delightful purple fruit this is a favourite of the lilly pilly group. The delicate fruit is aromatic with a sweetish slightly gingery or turpentine flavour. Fruit is spongy and delicate. The glossy green leaves have numerous large oil glands that give a distinctive smell when crushed and distinguish it from other lilly pillies.

Lilly Pilly - Magenta Cherry

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

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

Musk Mallow

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

Stunning red flowers last for only one day but are produced prolifically. Seeds are musk scented. Leaves, shoots and tuberous roots can be eaten raw or cooked. A small shrub that grows to about 2m. It is fast growing. Musk Mallow is not long lived, usually less than 15 years. Very Drought tolerant.

Aniseed Myrtle

$4.90 ($4.90-$19.90 choose a size)

This stunning rainforest tree has strong aniseed scented leaves that make a delicious refreshing aniseed tea. The leaves are often used for flavouring desserts, sauces and preserves.

Aspen - Lemon

$23.90

Small to medium sized rainforest tree bearing aromatic and acidic fruit used in the bushfood industry. Lemon aspen fruit has a grapefruit and lime like flavour, and is popular in beverages, sauces and confectionery.

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.

Atherton Oak

$14.90

This highly attractive tree is native to the highlands of Far North Queensland and up to Cape Tribulation. It is hardy outside of its natural range and will grow well in subtropical gardens that have enough space for a large, attractive specimen tree. The blue fruits are up to 4cm long and contain a woody-shelled nut with a large, crunchy edible kernal. Ripe in spring.

Australian Round Lime

$40.95

The round knobbly fruit, usually reaching 3.5-4 cm in diameter have a distinctive and recognisably citrus flavour, with a similar globular texture to the more commonly known Finger Lime. Also known as Dooja or Gympie lime. Occurs naturally on the fringe of lowland sub-tropical rainforests of southeast Qld, from Brisbane northwards. This slender tree can reach up to 15m in height and 6-8m in diameter with multiple trunks, making it the most vigorous of the native citrus. The round lime is suitable for including in cordials, sauces, marmalades and lime flavouring. The skin is very thick (up to 7mm) and has potential for culinary use, such as grating into spice pastes, or for candied peel and may also have potential for essential oil extraction.

Black Apple

$9.90 ($4.90-$14.90 choose a size)

A tall tree with a fluted trunk and bushfood potential. This tree produces a small apple-sized fruit that is eaten by rainforest mammals. The edible flesh is a rich red, with a delicate, slightly sweet flavour. 28m

Black Plum

$4.90 ($4.90-$12.75 choose a size)

Shrub or small tree whose leaves are dark green on the upper surface and yellowish below. Small yellow flowers are followed by shiny black berries for the birds in late summer and autumn. 4 to 10m

Blue flax-lily

$11.90 ($3.95-$14.75 choose a size)

An evergreen tuft-forming perennial. Produces panicles of small star-shaped flowers in summer. Flowers followed by blue berries.

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.

Bolwarra

$4.90 ($4.90-$9.90 choose a size)

An adaptable, handsome plant useful for shady places or as a tub specimen. The fruits are pleasantly scented, sweet and edible. The flowers are strongly perfumed and the bark was used by Indigenous Australians for making fishing lines.

Bunya Nut

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

Handsome large tree for parks and gardens. Has large edible nuts and is cold tolerant. A symmetrical pine suitable for container growing when young. Full sun.

Burdekin Plum

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

This close relative of the Mango is a native tropical rainforest tree. The deep purple, fleshy, plum-like fruits need to be held for some days to soften and mellow before eating. Early settlers (probably taught by the Aborigines) were known to bury them in the ground which had the effect of softening them and increasing palatability. The fruit can be eaten raw, or used in wines, jams and jellies. The Burdekin plum is exceptionally hardy and can cope with long dry periods once it is established. It does however prefer free draining soil and lots of sunshine to perform well. Trees are monoecious and will usually set on their own, however they will produce much better yields if they are plants in small clusters of 2-3 trees.

Cape York Turmeric

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

A beautiful native turmeric the rhizomes of which are eaten roasted by Aboriginals. Grows to 2m, yellow flowers with striking pink bracts.

Cedar Bay Cherry

$19.75

The fruit is very decorative due to its bright orange-red colour. They are also delicious, with sweet, soft flesh. The shrubs are very slow growing so they are perfect for growing in ornamental pots. They fruit from a young age, starting in their first or second year. This delicious fruit shows great potential for the exotic fruit and bush food markets due to the high quality of the fruit. They grow well in sunny or shaded positions requiring well drained soil, extra water and fertiliser will help to speed up it growth a little. Warning This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust (Puccinia psidiisl)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

Chocolate Lily

$17.75

When harvested young, the tubers of this native lily are juicy and sweet. Flowers are lilac coloured with a chocolate scent and are also edible. Found in a range of habitats with lower rainfall across southern Australia. For best results, grow in a rich loamy medium.

Cinnamon Myrtle

$14.90 ($14.90-$16.90 choose a size)

The leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavour. The attractive flowers are creamy coloured and star shaped, followed by star-like capsules. The cinnamon myrtle is well suited to the home garden. The tree is adaptable to a broad range of conditions and different soil types. Cinnamon myrtle is suitable for full-sun and semi-shade situations. The tree is tolerant of light frosts. Leaves can be harvested as sprigs for use in cooking. This is a specific selection for its flavouring qualities, and is the actual clonal variant that inspired the name cinnamon myrtle in the 1980s. Its used in savoury recipes, deserts, confectionary and herbal teas. The main essential oil isolate in cinnamon myrtle is elemicin, which is also a significant flavouring component in common nutmeg. Cinnamon myrtle can also be used in floristry.

Cut leaf mint Bush

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

Fine leaved bushy shrub with a strongly aromatic leaves that are distilled for their essential oils. Violet flowers with small fruit. 1m. In poorly drained soils it can be susceptible to root-rot. It has reasonable frost tolerance down to minus 5 deg. It is a fast-growing shrub, and consequently can be harvested within the first year. When pruned back to a height of 50cm it reshoots readily

Davidson Plum NSW

$4.90 ($4.90-$79.00 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.

Davidsons Plum - QLD

$21.90 ($4.90-$24.75 choose a size)

Outstanding small tree for warm position or indoors. Large pinnate leaves make it a striking specimen plant. The edible purple fruits have bright red flesh and make excellent jam. Prefers some shade. Fruits in the autumn and winter. The plum-sized fruit hang from the crown in panicles. Native to North QLD and SE QLD rainforests.

Davidsons Plum - Smooth

$29.90 ($17.90-$29.90 choose a size)

A rare and endangered species of Davidsons Plum that is native to a restricted area of in the Brunswick Tweed region. Edible bright red fruit used to make preserves. Trees are cutting grown or grafted as the fruit rarely contain seeds.

Dianella Silver Streak ®

$12.95 ($4.90-$12.95 choose a size)

A clumping perennial with grey-green and white, striped, strappy leaves. Clusters of blue flowers appear on spikes in spring and summer and are held above the leaves. These are followed by shiny, dark blue berries. Excellent specimen for form and colour contrast in mixed beds. Ideal for mass planting and more formal landscape designs. Prefers a sunny position in well drained soil. Tolerant of dry periods and light frost.

Eucalyptus - Lemon Ironbark

$3.90 ($3.90-$17.90 choose a size)

The complex essential oil is distilled from the leaves and used for flavouring and aromatherapy. The whole leaf is also used as a bushfood spice and herb-tea ingredient. It is used like a bay-leaf in savoury cooking, and is also used in confectionery and teas. It has a fruity-lemon flavour, with a rosemary-like edge. A small rough barked sclerophyll tree that grows naturally in pure stands on hills in the Palmer River region of Cape York.

Eucalyptus - Strawberry Gum

$19.75 ($9.75-$19.75 choose a size)

The leaves have a strong aroma somewhat reminiscent of passion fruit or strawberries, used for flavouring and perfumery. Prefers full-sun conditions and well-drained soil, tolerant of low soil fertility. Natural occurs in montane woodlands near Tenterfield NSW. Medium-sized tree up to 10 metres. The tree is frost tolerant down to -8C degrees. Strawberry gum is ideal for temperate conditions but can also grow in subtropical conditions. Leaves can be harvested as required. Harvesting the leaves for culinary use and cut-foliage can done individually or by pruning branches back by 60-80 cm. Regular light pruning also maintains a shorter tree and denser canopy more suited for backyard situations. Use: The strawberry gum has several uses due to the presence of essential oils in the leaf and has been harvested commercially for flavouring and perfumery since the 1980s. Strawberry gum leaf is used to enhance the flavour of cooked fruit dishes and in deserts spiced jams and confectionary to bring-out the classic berry flavour. The leaf is used fresh or dried and as a ground spice. It can also be used in native herb teas and carbonated beverages. The main ingredient methyl cinnamate which imparts a fruity aroma and flavour and composes of up to 98% of the essential oil with ocimene being the remainder at 2%. The oil yield is very high varying from 2-6% fresh weight. When distilling a natural solvent needs to be added to the still during distillation to prevent methyl cinnamate crystals clogging the still.

Fig - Sandpaper Birds Eye

$17.90 ($17.75-$17.90 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

$4.95 ($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.

Finger Lime

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

This is a seedling selection from our grafted varieties. They have a thin skin that ranges in colour from green, yellow, red, purple to even a black. The inner cells are cylindrical balls filled with lime juice. Very hardy. The bushy thorny foliage is a perfect protective habitat for small birds to nest in addition to their fruits.

Finger Lime - Red Cutting

$24.90

Red fruited cutting grown selection. The fruit contains an acid juice similar to that of a lime. A delicate rainforest tree that offers a distinctive citrus flavour to sweet or savoury dishes. The juicy cells, similar in appearance to caviar, are a delightful surprise in salad dressings. A rainforest tree that naturally occurs as an understory tree in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.

Finger Lime - Ricks Red

$42.95 ($29.90-$79.00 choose a size)

Purplish-brown red skin, with bright red flesh. The juicy cells, similar in appearance to caviar, are a delightful surprise in salad dressings. A rainforest tree that naturally occurs as an understorey tree in SE Queensland and Northern NSW.

Finger Lime - Yellow

$39.00 ($29.90-$40.95 choose a size)

The yellow finger lime has a beautiful bright yellow skin and very large juice vesicles inside. The balls of juice bubble out of the skin when the ripe fruits are cut in half. Use in chutneys, jams, marmalades, savoury sauces and refreshing drinks.

Finger Lime - Alstonville

$46.95

Mostly seedless fruit with lime green vesicles, the skin is smooth and brown with green tinges. A highly productive selection with excellent quality fruit. Fruits are 7-12 cm long when fully ripe.

Finger Lime - Collette

$46.95 ($34.00-$46.95 choose a size)

Flavour is highly aromatic and has been rated as superior by Chefs. Fruit is highly ornamental, with its shiny black skin and as a cut fruit, as it has a dark lime green pulp. Displays well as a garnish, with the juice vesicles popping out on cutting and the fruit splitting open wide. Its wide shape facilitates scooping out the pulp with a teaspoon. Rind colour is black/purple at optimum maturity and pulp colour is a dark yellow/green. Mean fruit size is 50mm x 25mm. It is a mid to late season variety but bears fruit all year round.

Finger Lime - Emma

$39.00

The Emma finger lime is a very large black skinned fruit with vesicles that range from clear to a pinkish blush. It produces a heavy crop of fruits over a long period. The fruits can be frozen successfully without destroying the fruits flavour or texture on thawing, thus allowing us to have access to the fruits all year round.

Finger Lime - Jali Red

$40.95 ($29.90-$46.95 choose a size)

Bright pinkish-red vesicles are held inside a dark brown to maroon coloured skin. Good flavour and a high yielding variety.

Finger Lime - Red

$49.00

A sensational fingerlime selection with dark maroon skin and bright lively sunrise coloured orange-red vesicles. An upright growing tree that is ideal for backyards.

Finger Lime - Sunshine Yellow

$46.95 ($46.95-$79.00 choose a size)

A small bright yellow finger lime with tasty large vesicles. A heavy cropping variety with attractive fruit.

Finger Lime - Tasty Green

$42.95 ($29.90-$44.95 choose a size)

A long green skinned fruit with clear vesicles. Tasty Green fruits for a long season and has a delicious lime flavour. They are not as sour as Tahitian limes and may be eaten straight off the tree. A delicate but spikey rainforest tree that offers fruits with a distinctive citrus flavour to sweet or savoury dishes. The juicy cells, similar in appearance to caviar, are a delightful surprise in salad dressings.

Finger Lime - Wauchope

$46.95

A dark skinned variety with purplish black skin and a bright red highlight, the juice vesicles range from clear to having a pinkish blush. Good flavour

Finger Lime- Judys Everbearing

$46.95 ($34.00-$79.00 choose a size)

Large juice vesicles are clear light green to pink in colour with few seeds, the skin is Khaki, dark brown and maroon in colour. The trees is most productive between Summer and Autumn with a light crop throughout the year. Heavy crops of high quality fruit are produced, the flavour is aromatic with a lemon lime flavour.

Fingerlime - Pink Ice

$40.95 ($40.95-$49.00 choose a size)

A medium size shrub producing red to burgundy coloured fruits with clear or pink pearls of juice inside. The aroma of the fruits is similar to ruby grapefruit, and is perfect for cocktails and drinks, as well as cooking. Bears fruit from summer to autumn, with the fruits being ready to harvest when they come very easily off the branch without any effort. It is a great variety for growing in containers and in warm courtyards, and does best in full sun. Water thoroughly in spring and summer.

Gumbi Gumbi

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

This drought hardy tree has a weeping appearance with long and slender leaves to 10cm. The fruit changes from green to yellow/orange when ripe splits open with red sticky seeds. Traditional medicinal uses: An infusion of the seeds, fruit pulp, leaves or wood was ingested for the relief of pain and cramps. Decoction of the fruits was drunk and applied for eczema. Bush medicine, for colds, cramps, itching. Seeds ground for flour. Gumbi Gumbi is resistant to both drought and frost, and grows in a wide variety of soil types, from heavy clay to mostly sand. But for best results in a home garden, choose a well-drained loamy soil or potting mix, located in full sun, and water well throughout the dry season.

Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia - Red Bopple Nut

$12.90

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

Johnson River Almond - Elaeocarpus bancroftii

$14.90

Large attractive rainforest tree with edible kernals. Fruit approx 3cm across. Native to Nth Qld from sea level to 1000m.

Kakadu Plum

$39.00

Trial Product, Daley's is currently trialling this product, but we will not have them available for sale in the foreseeable future. If you are interested in this item please request the email notification from this page, but at this stage we cannot give you an estimated time of availability.Tall slender tree to 10m with creamy flower spikes in early summer. Known for its olive sized fruit which turns yellow or purple in autumn. Its Vitamin C content is apparently the highest in the world. Traditionally used as a thirst quencher and snack. It also is used in the seafood industry with prawns because it improves the shelf life and colour of the prawns. Native Australian Plums have also been known for it's treatment in Alzheimer's disease.

Kangaroo Apple

$4.90

An attractive small shrub with purple flowers, that are follow by bright orange to red fruits that are edible when fully ripe, but caution should be taken with them as they are poisonous when green. It gets its name from the shape of the lobed leaves which resemble the shape of a kangaroo foot. Found on rainforest margins, it makes an excellent pioneer. Kangaroo apple also make a good rootstock for grafting other solanums onto such as eggplants and tamarillos.

Lemon Myrtle

$17.90 ($17.90-$23.90 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 off 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. 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

Lilly Pilly - Cherry Puff

$4.95 ($4.95-$12.90 choose a size)

Small to medium pendulous shrub to 3m high. New foliage is a very attractive bright pink. Flowers are large and crimson occurring in large fluffy heads.

Lilly Pilly - Coolamon

$4.95 ($4.95-$13.90 choose a size)

The Coolamon reaches up to 25 - 30m. A rainforest tree it is also an endangered species. Plant in rich soil with adequate moisture. Attractive red-pink flowers with large edible fruit.

Lilly Pilly - Blue

$17.90 ($3.95-$17.90 choose a size)

A native tree with delightful purple fruit this is a favourite of the lilly pilly group. The delicate fruit is aromatic with a sweetish slightly gingery or turpentine flavour. Fruit is spongy and delicate. The glossy green leaves have numerous large oil glands that give a distinctive smell when crushed and distinguish it from other lilly pillies.

Lilly Pilly - Magenta Cherry

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

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

Lilly Pilly - Aussie Compact

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

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

Musk Mallow

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

Stunning red flowers last for only one day but are produced prolifically. Seeds are musk scented. Leaves, shoots and tuberous roots can be eaten raw or cooked. A small shrub that grows to about 2m. It is fast growing. Musk Mallow is not long lived, usually less than 15 years. Very Drought tolerant.

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