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.
Enjoy your own home grown rasberries native to Australia. Bright red fruit, slightly larger than the exotic raspberries, ripen in autumn through to winter. This raspberry plant grows in an upright weeping fashion and can be trestled.
Depending on severity of coastal conditions this hardy shrub grows up to 5m and bears sweet red fruit that look like birds eyes.
The Beach Cherry is a slow growing tropical shrub that prefers moist well mulched conditions. The sweet juicy fruit is best eaten raw. Fruits from individual plants can vary in flavour however this remains our favourite bushfood.
This hardy flax lilly has shiny bright blue bunches of fruit. The plant can serve many purposes. It is good for binding sand and reducing soil erosion. Aborigines used the silky strong leaf fibre to make string and baskets. The fruit is used for blue dye and is also edible. The berries are arguably the best tasting of all 15 flax lillies native to Australia.
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.
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.
The Blue Tongue is a hardy shrub which is host to the rare butterfly Miskin's Blue. The large purple flowers come and go from Spring through to Autumn. The fruit is sweet and true to its name as it dyes the tongue.
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.
This native mint has the scent of exotic pennyroyal but in bushtucker recipes can be used in the same way as common mint. Plants are low growing and clump forming, with tiny bee attracting white flowers appearing on mass during summer. Leaves are highly fragrant and said to aid insect repellent in the garden around cabbages and tomatoes.
This herb gets its name from the white whiskered flowers which bloom in Summer and Autumn, however it is most widely grown for the medicinal qualities of its leaves. Cat's Whiskers leaves are sold as tea in South East Asia and known as Java Tea or Kidney Tea.
As the name indicates this groundcover naturally grows on coastal banks and has high wind and drought tolerance. This native plant plays an important role in erosion control. Both the leaves and fruit are edible.
Coastal Rosemary is a very hardy native shrub, popular in street scaping due to its tolerance to high winds, full sun, salt spray and low water. This plant is host to the Rayed Blue butterfly. The shrub can be hedged or grown freely into a dense spreading shrub reaching 2m in height.
A dense spreading acacia shrub able to tolerate drought, wind, salt and moderate frosts. Seeds are edible and best tasting after being roasted or steamed in their pods.
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.
When eaten raw the bubbles of lime will burst in your mouth, creating an explosion of flavour rivaled by no other.
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 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...
The Kangaroo Paw is an iconic Australian Plant. Long strappy green leaves are complimented with stems that hold high distinct orange flowers for all to admire.
The Kangaroo Paw is an iconic Australian Plant. Long strappy green leaves are complimented with stems that hold high distict red flowers for all to admire.