|Mediterranean Garden Society|
Trees in Brisbane
Jan gardens with plenty of Australian natives, including the hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii).
Queensland natives can have lovely flowers, as does the little evodia (Evodiella muelleri).
Jan writes: “It is usually winter before a lot of trees’ growth comes to a halt, making them lose their leaves, and then a not very long period before the warm spring weather spurs them into new leaf. Such trees include Liquidambar formosana, Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’, Euphorbia cotinifolia and red cedar (Toona ciliata).”
“One of my favourite genera of trees are the dombeyas which never completely lose their leaves but shed them during the dry periods. The largest is the red dombeya (Dombeya cacuminum) which is a spreading tree with huge maple-like leaves. In late winter and early spring it produces the most beautiful clusters of red bell-like flowers that hang down below the foliage, allowing one to stand under it and just admire and marvel at the wonders of nature.”
“Dombeya burgessiae has pink flowers and is a smaller tree. It is a mass of flowers from May through to August. The flowers turn brown on the tree which does not detract from its appearance; they are much loved by bees. This unusual tree grows more like a shrub, as wide as it is high, and it needs to be cut back after flowering.”
“Early spring has its own delights when the tree waratah (Alloxylon flammeum), the yellow wood (Rhodosphaera rhodanthema) and the aptly named drunken parrot tree (Schotia brachypetala) are the stars of the garden with their dramatic red flowers.”
“ ….in late spring when the jacaranda produces its carpet-forming mauve blossoms, followed shortly after by the poinciana with its huge sweeping umbrella of red. The jacarandas and poincianas dominate the Brisbane scene in late spring...”
For summer flowers: “The deservedly popular crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) allows us to choose a range of colours from white through to darker shades of pink.”
Crepe myrtle is also one of the few trees to provide autumn leaf colour.