Amla is a medium sized spreading tree with small delicate leaves and flowers. The tree is prized in Ayuvedic medicine which uses all parts of the tree in herbal preparations. The edible fruit ripens in Autumn, it is very high in vitamin C but very sour to taste, so it no wonder that one popular Indian recipe involves preserving the fruit in sugar syrup.
The Aniseed Myrtle tree is native to a remanent rainforests in north east NSW. Increasingly rare in the wild this handsome evergreen tree deserves to be planted in more gardens. When crushed the leaf of the aniseed myrtle has a distinct licorice scent and is growing in use as a spice in the food industry.
The Black Apple tree is a valued tree. The fruit is a favoured ingredient in bushfood restaurants and the timber is sought after by cabinet makers. In the garden it is just beautiful to look at with its deep green shiny foliage.
A small rainforest tree that enjoys moist soil, wind and sun protection, and can tolerate heavy shade. The black shiny fruits are most edible when soft. The black plum is also referenced as having fire retardant properties, making it a worthy inclusion in your landscape design.
The tropical fruit tree starts to bear fruit after 4 years and fruit is edible once ripe. Fruit tastes mildly of chocolate only when perfectly ripe, hence its common name Chocolate Pudding Fruit. The tree grows well in most soil types, but does not tolerate prolonged drought or moderate to heavy frosts.
Buttressed tree to 35m with open almost horizontal branches. Leaf edges are slightly serated and old leaves turn red before falling. The iridescent blue fruit is edible but sour to taste in raw form. It can be used in jams, pies or stewed in sugar to make puree. The silver-white truck is distinct and the timber is highly valued.
Bowen Mango trees produce sweet, delicious, high quality fruit. Trees start to produce fruit at around three years of age, and reach cropping maturity at around 7 years.
The Brush Cherry produces tangy and enjoyable fruit however it's mostly planted in gardens as a fast growing screen, and is well known for it's hardiness.
The bunya nut is truely worth feasting on. Nuts are eaten raw, roasted, fried or freshly ground into baking flour. The timber is just as valuable as Hoop Pine, but most would argue that the food value far outways any desire to cut it down for timber.
This handsome hardy tree is frost and drought tolerant. The large deep purple plum like fruit are most edible when they are soft and fully ripened.
The Davidson's Plum tree produces exquisite and much sort after fruit bourne in clusters on the trunk of the tree. The fruit is juicy and pleasantly sour to taste when raw, and fully appreciated when cooked. The tree is slender in form growing 6 to 10 meters depending on growing conditions.
The most distinctive feature of this tree are the bright red flowers that cover its deciduous canopy in Spring.
The hoop pine is an ancient native conifer tree which can grow to over 40 meters in suitable conditions. Tolerant of coastal conditions, pollution, high winds and drought the hoop pine is so versatile that it is often found in windbreaks on farms through to streetscapes on the coast.
The Icecream Bean tree is highly valued on our property for it's sweet fruit, leaves for animal fodder, shade in summer and for its timber. Being leguminous this tree also improves the soil around it by fixing nitrogen through it's root system.
The Illawarra Plum tree is a slow growing coniferous tree with a dense crown of slender glossy evergreen leaves. Splendid as a specimen tree it has been used by many councils to provide shade and beauty in parks and along streets. The plum like fruit tastes rich and sweet when fully ripened and the unique resinous qualities are enhanced by cooking, making...
Jackfruit trees produce very large fruit, which ripen anywhere from mid Spring through to early Autumn. The spiked skin encases clusters of sweet golden pulp which has been described as similar in flavour to juicy fruit bubble gum.
The Kapok Tree is native to rainforests of tropical America. Up until the introduction of synthetics the tree was grown commercially for its fibre. The tree is a fast growing pioneer that can reach majestic heights of up to 60 meters.
The Koda is a rainforest pioneer tree native to several countries. This tree produces sweetly scented flowers and fruit, is fast growing, briefly deciduous, has valued timber, and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. A permaculture plant without doubt!
The Lemon Aspen tree is a small tropical tree growing to 9 meters with glossy leaves and edible tart citrus flavoured fruit.
The vibrant lemon flavoured leaves will turn a cup of hot water into something special. The profuse white flowers and thick dark green leaves also bring beauty to the garden.
The lipstick tree is a perfect sized tree for the backyard with limited space. The tree gets its name from the seeds which contain a natural red pigment, used by American Indians as body paint and lipstick.
The macadamia nut is delicious and proudly native to Australia. It is a popular bushfood without question.
This fast growing tropical tree with dark glossy evergreen leaves makes a stunning ornamental and shade tree. Medium sized and variable in height depending on the conditions, it is hardy but does not tolerate frost.
The Moringa Tree is drought hardy and highly nutritious, making it a popular food crop to grow in hotter regions of the world where it thrives. Leaves, young seed pods and cooked flowers are cultivated and eaten as a vegetables, oil used in food production is extracted from the seeds, and the tree itself makes a great windbreak.