Top 21 trees we most commonly work on in Brisbane

Top 21 trees we most commonly work on in Brisbane

1. Gum Tree

Australia’s most iconic tree.

They are the source of Eucalyptus oil which has a range of applications including treating cold and flus, deodorising and getting anything sticky off. The timber is sought after and makes beautiful flooring and furniture.

  1. Brown and W. Johnson’s song “Give me a home among the Gum trees” is a childhood favorite here in Oz but doesn’t always translate to reality when they tower above your home.

There are too many varieties to list- in fact around 900!

We most commonly come across Trilliana’s , Forest Red Gum’s, Spotted Gum’s, Tallowood’s, Iron Bark’s and Stringy Bark’s in Brissy.


Royal poinciana tree (flame tree), Key West Cemetery, Key West, Florida Keys, Florida USA

2. Poinciana (Delonixregia)

Are native to Madagascar but have become naturalised in areas of Australia

Including the Brisbane area. They are easily identifiable by their red flowers in spring time. Can grow up to 15m and are known for their large sprawling canopies creating loads of shade.




3. Jacaranda (Jacaranda Minosifolia)

My favorite.

It’s not hard to spot a Jacaranda in October with their brilliant purple flowers in yards and on the streets around Brisbane. Once again, imported and native to Central and South America.

Their flowers can be problematic if they fall into pools where filters can get clogged up.

An excellent filtered shade tree in the right spot.


4. Paperbark/Tea Tree (Melaleuca quinquinervia)

Next time you’re driving and see a patch of Paperbarks it’s a pretty safe call to say that

They are near a good water source. You may have also seen water that is a “tea” colour near to groups of them. It’s claimed that Captain Cook boiled the leaves and gave the brew to his sailors to prevent scurvy. They are prolific producers of nectar so nectar feeding birds will be drawn to these trees.Native to Australasia.






5. Revolution (Melaleuca bracteata)

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-can reach 15m in height. The leaves smell divine when you crush them.




6. Chinese Elm or Chinese Celtis (Chinese Senesis)

Declared a weed species by Brisbane City Coucil

See the link to the listing here

I’m afraid I haven’t a lot of praise for this one. They clog our waterways and impact on our native fauna and flora. Get rid of this one.


7. Leopard tree (Caesalpiniaferrea)

Named due to its signature white and brown mottled bark which makes them

Easily identifiable. They recover well from pruning and will grow back quickly but weaker.

Consider full removal so it’s a once off cost.





8. African Tulip (Spathodeacompanulata)

These are from, wait for it, Africa.

The reason they are on the list is they are a declared weed species and people want rid of them. They can be enormous and more often than not we see them ruining fences.

See the listing  here:


9. Pine Trees/Conifers

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells. Pine trees are synonymous with Christmas.

There are around 115 varieties of Pines which are known for their straight and narrow

trunks,making them ideal for milling. They are the only tree which reproduces from seeds in a cone. They can grow into giants, up to 30m. For this reason you won’t find it hard to spot some local Norfolk Pines, Hoop Pines and Slash Pines in your suburb.


10. Frangipani (Plumeria)

Aloha! Well not quite.
Frangipani’s are native to Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela
Most women have had a Frangipani flower behind their ear at some time in their life.
Frangipanis are great for small gardens as they only grow to around 6m and have a compact root system.





11. Bottlebrush (Callistemom)

You’d have to agree this tree is aptly named if you’ve ever cared for an infant and seen

The flowers on this tree.

They produce beautiful flowers which attract nectar feeding birds.

They are easy to maintain and almost impossible to kill.

Bottlebrush heights range between 4-10m.

Aussie native all the way.


12. She Oak (Casuarina)

Another indigenous tree.  Native birds love to nest in them.

An extremely hardy tree built tough for Australian conditions.

They have an unkempt appearance you might call them shabby chic.






13. Fig (Ficus)

Big and beautiful.

Buddha achieved enlightenment under a Ficus tree.

Many are protected by local governments.

You need a lot of area to support a Fig tree, if you have a townhouse pop down to Bunnings and buy a Bonsai Ficus.

A notable feature of Figs are their buttressed roots.


14. Wattle (Acacia)

Ah-Ah-Ah-Achoo! If you suffer from allergies you would be familiar with Wattle trees.

They are the floral emblem of Australia.

Wattles are fast growing but short lived. 12 years is about the extent of their life span after this they may begin to fail.






15. Silky Oak (Grevillea Robusta)

This is the big boy of the Grevillea family and is not related to a true Oak.

We’re often approached about securing lengths of Silky Oak wood by carvers and furniture makers.

They do tend to drop a lot of seeds and sticks.





16. Tipuana/Rosewood

It’s on the declared weed list.


It has been planted in the past for its ornamental and shade giving qualities.





17. Lilly Pilly (Acmenasmithii)

Is it a hedge? Is is a tree? Well it’s both.

Lilly Pillys can indeed grow to 18m height. Surprised? I was.

If you want to make your own Topiary you can use these.





18. Mock Orange (Philadelphus)

Well if you want to grow a hedge or a screen this is a great choice.

Just remember to keep it down to pruning height or you’ll have to call us.

Most varieties bear small white flowers which release a delicate orange scent.



19. Waterhousia floribunda

Another fast growing native which tops out at about 15m.

Can be used as a hedge and provides wonderful shade.

The roots are generally non-invasive if you have existing pipes and fences.






20. Macadamia or Qld Nut tree

Yummy and expensive come to mind.

They are able to grow to 20m but with regular pruning can be limited.

The roots are very fine and prone to drying out so keep them well watered.

Known for attracting rodents to eat their delicious bounty.


21. Camphor Laurel (Cinamomum Camphora)

Did your parents ever put a piece of Camphor in your bed as a child when you were sick?

It is made from the bark and wood of this tree.

They were Imported from and native to China, Japan and Taiwan.

Brisbane City Council has now declared them a weed species.

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