These giants are a major source of Eucalyptus oil, which has a range of applications including treating cold and flu. The timber is sought after and makes beautiful flooring and furniture. They make up a group of over 400 species of Australian trees, grow fast and straight, and often reach tremendous heights. They cause little damage to properties, although can be dangerous in a storm when intense winds knock branches down. We recommend getting any tree that grows close to a property inspected by a professional at Independent Tree Services.
As well as being superb street trees, jacarandas are a fantastic feature tree in an open garden or lawn area, with colourful blue flowers that bloom in spring.
Many locals believe jacarandas to be a native tree species, but they are not. In fact, they are native to Brazil.
For our own backyard, the beautiful flowers can be problematic if they fall into pools where filters can get clogged up, as well as being a nuisance for natural litter around the garden.
Paperbark or Tea Tree
Paperbarks found their name from their bark, which can be pulled off the tree trunk like paper. Next time you’re driving and see a patch of Paperbarks it’s a pretty safe call to say that there is a good water source nearby.
Revolution – Native Australian evergreen
This is a slow growing tree so is useful as a hedge or screening tree but can become too large for smaller properties as it can reach 15m in height. We see these trees planted in many gardens by mistake and when they get out of control, they can be hard to wrangle so it’s best to ask a professional from Independent Tree Services.
The Leopard Tree is quite a large tree and can be pruned to a size suitable for suburban streets. It is considered a feature or ornamental floral, and is quite hardy in drought and frost conditions.
The bottlebrush produces beautiful flowers, which attract nectar feeding birds and are perfect for front gardens. They are easy to maintain, almost impossible to kill and can reach heights between 4-10m.