Deep red loamy soils | Brisbane City Council

Deep red loamy soils

Our climate and growing conditions are perfect for so many plants, so here is what to plant in this type of soil.

Ground covers and grasses (up to one metre) and vines 

Common name Botanical name Features

Barbed-wire grass

Cymbopogon refractus

soft blue-green, tufted perennial aromatic grass with taller arching seed heads, resembling barbed wire

Blue flax lily

Dianella longifolia

small lily of open eucalypt forest; blue flowers; bright blue berries; suits rockery or foreground planting

Guinea flower

Hibbertia linearis

low, compact shrub with good form; bright yellow flowers; suits rockery

Many-flowered mat rush


small, grass-like plant for sunny sites; sprays of miniature flowers; evening perfume; draws butterflies

Scrambling lily

Geitonoplesium cymosum

grassy-leafed scrambler; shiny black berry and dainty, white, perfumed flowers; fresh shoots edible

Kangaroo grass

Themeda triandra

widespread grass of the eucalypt forest; fine foliage; coppery seed heads in summer

Low shrubs (one to two metres)

Common name Botanical name Features


Jacksonia scoparia

fine-leafed hardy shrub for sunny position, clusters of yellow pea flowers; porous soils

Hop bush

Dodonaea triquetra

shrub with distinctive clusters of bronze hop-like fruit; partial shade; moist, well-drained position

Wild may

Leptospermum polygalifolium

hardy; fine-leafed shrub; open arching habit; useful in mass plantings; small white flowers in summer

Medium shrubs (two to five metres)

Common name Botanical name Features

Brisbane laurel

Pittosporum revolutum

open shrub with cream flowers; evening fragrance; yellow fruit open to reveal red seeds; attracts birds

Broad-leafed boxwood

Denhamia pittosporoides

useful screen plant; lush green foliage with plentiful orange fruit; from dry rainforest

Native hibiscus

Hibiscus heterophyllus

slender tall shrub; large white flowers with deep red throat; prickly stems

Prickly-leafed paperbark

Melaleuca nodosa

compact shrub with sharp leaves; adaptable screen plant; prolific flowering of two centimetre cream brushes

Small trees (five to 10 metres)

Common name Botanical name Features

Black or river tea tree


shapely, fine-leafed tree of varied height; profuse small brush flowers attract wildlife; moist deep soil

Black she-oak

Allocasuarina littoralis

medium tree; fine needle foliage; male trees a rusty colour during winter flowering period; draws butterflies

Cheese tree

Glochidion ferdinandi

compact tree with small glossy leaves; button-shaped fruit; moist soils; attracts wildlife

Plunkett mallee


multi-stemmed gum of stunted form; dense heads of nectar-laden blossom in October

Red kamala

Mallotus philippensis

nicely shaped tree if grown in sun; can be pruned to give new reddish growth; velvety red fruit

Sandpaper fig

Ficus coronata

small tree with edible yellow fruit; attractive to wildlife; sandpaper texture to leaves

Swamp box

Lophostemon suaveolens

fast growing eucalypt-like tree with graceful branch form; open canopy; frequent flowering periods

Weeping bottle brush

Callistemon viminalis

small rounded tree of weeping habit; prolific red bottle brush flowers attract birds; moist sites

Tall trees (over 10 metres)

Common name Botanical name Features

Crow’s ash

Flindersia australis

large timber tree suit specimen; panicles of white flowers; woody fruit opens into five woody sections

Pink bloodwood

Corymbia intermedia

large trees for acreage or steep sites; comprised original canopy of the area; trunks a feature; provide food, nest and perch sites for varied native wildlife

Spotted gum

Corymbia citriodora

large trees for acreage or steep sites; comprised original canopy of the area; trunks a feature; provide food, nest and perch sites for varied native wildlife

26 June 2018