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Lilly Pilly - Brush Cherry

$2.75 ($2.75-$17.90 choose a size)

A compact shrub which can be kept to around 3m tall and 1m wide. Masses of white flowers followed by berries in Summer and Autumn. In the forest will grow to about 10m. Great for hedges and screens.
Buy 4+ @$2.75

Small Leaf Tamarind

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

This small evergreen tree can be expected to reach 7-8m in an open garden environment providing a beautiful rich green spreading crown. As a mature tree will capture the eye with its interesting fruit from which the bright red-coated seeds emerge in mid summer. The tasty tangy fruit is a refreshing treat eaten raw or it can be used creatively in chutneys and sauces. Also makes a excellent specimen tub plant as a young tree.The first documentation of the Small Leaf Tamarind tree was in 1891. With only approximately 30 trees are left remaining in the wild of Northern NSW this endangered species is attracting quite a bit of attention both amongst the bush food enthusiast and the conservationists.
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Lilly Pilly - Aussie Compact

$9.75 ($4.90-$14.75 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.
Buy 2+ @$9.75

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.
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Lilly Pilly - Giant water gum

$2.95 ($2.95-$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.
Buy 4+ @$2.95
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Melaleuca - Tea tree oil tree

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

This shrub has fine foliage and profuse white flowers appearing in spring/summer. Plants respond to pruning and can be grown as a hedge or screen. This species is grown for tea-tree oil extraction. 3m
Buy 4+ @$2.75

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.

Lilly Pilly - Weeping

$10.90 ($2.95-$12.75 choose a size)

Medium to large tree, normally inhabiting creek banks. Drooping foliage, usually with some bright red leaves. White flowers. Very fast and hardy if ample water is available.

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.

Pandanus - Native Screw Pine

$19.90 ($19.90-$29.90 choose a size)

The tough, serrated leaves distinguish this Australian native, and the large Screw Pine fruits are used as as pulp to flavour fruit-based desserts and sweet sauces, and is also used in jams and chutneys. Seeds can be eaten after roasting. The leaf fiber is used traditionally to make string and in basketry. Leaf shoots and root tips are also used as traditional medicines. It is not to be confused with Pandanus amaryllifolius, used in Asian cooking. Screw Pine fruit is high in beta-carotene and can help to prevent vitamin A deficiency. Screw pine tree is a very ornamental plant, well suited to backyard gardens as a feature tree. A small tree up to 6 m in height and 6 m wide the leaves spiral out from the central growing shoot. It has unique aerial prop roots that emerge from the trunk to support the tree as it grows. Screw pine grows naturally by the sea, and is well adapted to seaside conditions. There are male and female trees, with only female trees producing the fruit. The entire fruit is about 25 cm across, and resembles a pineapple. Screw pine is adaptable to a range of situations, including sites away from the coast. Generally preferring frost free, full sun conditions and well-drained soils, avoid poorly drained soils. It can take up to 20 years for female trees to produce the fruit, but is well worth it as the tree is a spectacular ornamental. To ensure that there is female and male trees for pollination, plant at least three seedling trees, but planting a group of five is also ideal if you have the space. Screw pine can be subject to die-back from planthopper (Jamella australiae) insect infestation. However, Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery stock is free of this insect pest due to our distance from established coastal specimens.

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.

Tea Tree - Mozzie Blocker

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

This pleasant citronella smelling shrub has insect repellant qualities. Reputed to a mosquito repellent. Just rub the leaves on the skin for temporary relief from mozzies. Essential oils can also be distilled from the leaves, with up to 1.7% of essential oil yield from fresh weight leaf. The essential oil contains citronellal, an aromatic compound renown to repel insects.In the garden the shrub is ideal for use as a low hedge plant, or as an ornamental specimen. On hot days the oil perfumes the air around the shrub. An attractive heath-land shrub up to 2 m in height. It has cream to pink flowers in Spring. The small bright green leaves have a pleasantly citronella-scented.The plant naturally grows in sandy coastal wet heath. Full sun growing conditions is preferable. Likes open soils, but has some tolerance of heavier soils. Well adapted to poorer soils. Good frost tolerance, down to minus 6 degrees Celsius.

Lilly Pilly - Cascade

$15.90 ($4.95-$15.90 choose a size)

This is a hybrid species of lilly pilly that looks similar to the powderpuff lilly pilly but it has pale pink flowers followed by yummy pale pink fruits. Excellent for Hedges

Native Currant

$21.90

A bushy self fertile shrub producing edible fruits that can be used for jellies, jams and syrups. When fruiting it's a stunning plant with red to black fruit hanging in bunches. Frost free location for this bush food.In cultivation it will grow to a smaller height.

Aniseed Myrtle

$19.90 ($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

$14.90 ($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

$12.75 ($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

$3.95 ($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

$12.90 ($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

$14.75 ($4.90-$14.75 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

$4.90 ($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

$17.90 ($7.50-$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. The flavour then is reminiscent if a prune with a hint of a Davidson's Plum to finish.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 Gooseberry

$17.75 ($14.90-$17.75 choose a size)

The cape gooseberry is a low growing shrub with its bright orange berry enclosed in a pale brown parchment-like case called the Cape. The berry is the size of a cherry tomato is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten straight from the Cape or made into gooseberry Jam. They can be added to salads, desserts and cooked dishes, they are delicious stewed with apples or dipped in chocolate. They can also be dried or used in savoury dishes with meats and seafood. The small cucumber beetle also enjoys feasting on the cape gooseberry although they munch only on the leaves. Hand pick any beetles that you see as they are capable of breeding into large numbers very quickly.Weed Warning: This old time favourite is very easy to grow. Birds and critters will enjoy its sweet fruit and it can be found growing in both native vegetation areas and occasionally in pasture areas. It is not a dominant weed but it can be somewhat of a nuisance when working to restore native vegetation areas. Native to South America

Cape York Turmeric

$23.90 ($23.90-$23.90 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 ($19.75-$19.75 choose a size)

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

$17.90 ($17.90-$17.90 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

$17.75 ($4.95-$17.90 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

$17.90 ($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

$17.90 ($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.

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

$19.75 ($17.75-$19.75 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.
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Fig - Sandpaper

$9.75 ($4.95-$17.90 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.
Buy 2+ @$9.75

Finger Lime

$21.90 ($4.90-$21.90 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

$29.90

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

$46.95 ($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-$39.00 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 ($34.00-$46.95 choose a size)

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

$39.00 ($34.00-$39.00 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)

One of the largest of the Finger limes 8-12cm long. Bright pinkish-red vesicles are held inside a dark brown to maroon coloured skin. Good flavour and a high yielding variety.

Finger Lime - Red

$59.00

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

$39.00 ($39.00-$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

$37.00 ($29.90-$46.95 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.

Small Leaf Tamarind

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

This small evergreen tree can be expected to reach 7-8m in an open garden environment providing a beautiful rich green spreading crown. As a mature tree will capture the eye with its interesting fruit from which the bright red-coated seeds emerge in mid summer. The tasty tangy fruit is a refreshing treat eaten raw or it can be used creatively in chutneys and sauces. Also makes a excellent specimen tub plant as a young tree.The first documentation of the Small Leaf Tamarind tree was in 1891. With only approximately 30 trees are left remaining in the wild of Northern NSW this endangered species is attracting quite a bit of attention both amongst the bush food enthusiast and the conservationists.
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Lilly Pilly - Brush Cherry

$2.75 ($2.75-$17.90 choose a size)

A compact shrub which can be kept to around 3m tall and 1m wide. Masses of white flowers followed by berries in Summer and Autumn. In the forest will grow to about 10m. Great for hedges and screens.
Buy 4+ @$2.75
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Lilly Pilly - Aussie Compact

$9.75 ($4.90-$14.75 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.
Buy 2+ @$9.75

Rose Myrtle

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

This shrub has a graceful weeping habit with aromatic leaves and smothered with delicate, perfumed pink flowers. Attractive to nectar and fruit eating birds. Very hardy growing in less fertile sites, full sun and part shade.

Davidsons Plum - Smooth

$17.90 ($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.

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