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Arbor Day plant packs

Brisbane schools are eligible to claim up to 50 free plants from Brisbane City Council for Arbor Day, plus one extra plant for each Year 1 student.

Choose your Arbor Day plants from the three specifically themed packs below:

Applications for Arbor Day plant packs have now closed. 

Habitat helper plant pack

Species Description and growing conditions Fauna benefits

Banksia
Banksia sp.

  Hardy evergreen shrubs with attractive foliage with bold single colour flowering spikes. Plant in an open sunny position in well-drained soil. Available in short - up to 2 metres, and tall - 4 metres plus. Birds
Black She-Oak
Allocasuarina littoralis
A densely foliaged fast growing small to medium tree to 12 metres. Grows in well-drained soil. Suitable as a hedge or windbreak. Birds
Blue Flax
Dianella caerulea
Hardy plant with long strappy leaves to 450 millimetres. Blue flowers on branched spikes appear in spring. Bright blue berries occur after flowering. Prefers sunny position in well-drained soil. Birds, lizards
Bottlebrush
Callistemon sp.
short - to 1.5 metres
medium – to 3 metres
Fast growing, hardy shrub with beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Great for containers, edging, rockeries, hedges and borders. Birds, lizards
Bower Vine
Pandorea jasminoides
A hardy, vigorous, evergreen twining plant over 4 metres+ with spectacular floral display. Flowers are pale pink with a deep pink throat and appear from spring through to late summer. Thrives in a full sun to partial shade position with good drainage. Best grown as a screen on a fence or trellis. Also great in large pots. Butterflies, bees, insects
Coastal Rosemary
Westringia sp.
Hardy small fast growing shrub 1.5 metre square. Long flowering and suitable as a hedge or screening plant or for exposed sites and coastal gardens. Birds, butterflies, insects
Creeping Boobialla
Myoporum parvifolium
Hardy prostrate groundcover to 1 metre. Purple and white flowers are borne during the summer months. This is an excellent spreading groundcover for a sunny well-drained position or is suitable in pots or containers. Birds, lizards
Cut Leaf Daisy
Brachyscome multifida
Hardy eye-catching ground cover to 150 millimetres with purple daisy flowers throughout the year. Best grown in full sun. Especially effective in rockeries, mass plantings, pots, hanging baskets and borders. Bees, lizards
Green Mat Rush
Lomandra sp.
Large strappy leafed plant up to 1 metre square. Yellow or cream flowers appear in spring and summer. Will grow in full sun or partial shade. Ideal for moist soils. Good plant for revegetation and erosion control. Frogs, lizards
Honey Myrtle
Melaleuca linariifolia
'Claret Tops'
A dense and compact shrub to 1.5 metres with attractive claret coloured new growth and white flowers in summer. A great foliage plant for shrubberies or in a pot. Birds, insects
Ivory Curl Tree
Buckinghamia cellisima
(seasonal)
Fast growing evergreen tree to 8 metres. Striking long creamy fragranced flowers from spring until autumn. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to semi-shade. Birds, bees
Lillypilly - to 5m
Syzygium sp.
 Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent screens, windbreaks and hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Birds, bees, flying foxes
Native Violet
Viola hederacea
Attractive dense groundcover to 150 millimetres suitable to damp shady areas. Small round light green leaves with violet flowers throughout the year. Ideal for rockeries, mass plantings, pots and hanging baskets. Lizards, frogs
Sarsaparilla Vine
Hardenbergia violacea
A hardy, fast growing, evergreen small climber which has dark green leathery leaves and produces a mass of dark purple pea flowers in winter and spring. Grows to 1.5 metres square. Prefers a sunny position in well-drained soil. Great as a groundcover or can be planted to cover fences, trellises and pergolas. Suitable for container planting. Butterflies
Sedge
Carex appressa
Tall sedge growing to 800 millimetres. Attractive large yellow seed heads in spring. Likes wet areas in full sun or partial shade. Ideal plant for around pool area in pots or mass plantings. Frogs, lizards
Thyme Leafed Honey Myrtle
Melaleuca thymifolia
A small shrub around 1 metre in height. The mauve-purple flowers occur in clusters on the plant in a claw formation during spring and summer. Plant in a sunny position with good drainage. Regular watering will encourage flowering. Birds, insects

Shade and screen plant pack

Species Description and growing conditions Fauna benefits
Blueberry Ash
Elaeocarpus reticulatus
Small dense tree growing to 8 metres. Masses of white or pink, small fringed, bell-shaped flowers are produced in summer. The flowers are followed by small blue fruits. Most soils are suitable. Will grow in full sun to partial shade. Birds
Bottlebrush
Callistemon sp.
med - to 3 metres
tall - 4 metres +
Hardy shrubs with beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Bottlebrushes make excellent screening plants and are quick growers. Birds, insects
Brisbane Wattle
Acacia fimbriata
Hardy rounded fast growing shrub to 7 metres. Balls of yellow bell-shaped flowers occur in early spring. Grows in most soil situations. Possums, butterflies
Ivory Curl Tree
Buckinghamia cellisima
(seasonal)
Fast growing evergreen tree to 8 metres. Striking long creamy fragranced flowers from spring until autumn. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to semi-shade. Birds, bees
Lemon Scented Myrtle
Backhousia citriodora
Great feature tree to 5 metres. White flowers occur in clusters from summer to autumn. Leaves are lemon scented. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in semi-shade. Ideal for hedges or mixed shrub beds. Birds, butterflies, bees
Lillypilly – up to 5m
Syzygium sp.
Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent screens, windbreaks and hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Birds, bees, flying foxes
Native Lasiandra
Melastoma affine
Hardy bushy shrub to 3 metres. Showy large pink-purple flower in summer. Prefers partial shade in well-drained soil. Birds, bees
Purple Pea Bush
Hovea acutifolia
A small to medium fast growing shrub which is stunning in flower. Grows 4 metres with masses of purple pea flowers from July to September. Best planted in a lightly shaded position in well-drained soil. Suitable as a windbreak, hedge or in a large pot or tub. Birds
Small leaved Lillypilly or Riberry
Syzygium leuhmanii
Fast growing, dense screening tree to 8 metres. Clusters of white flowers in spring followed by small red fruit. Plant in a full sun to partial shade position. Is adaptable to most soils but prefers moisture. Can be trimmed to shape and size as desired.   Birds, bees
Swamp Lily
Crinum pedunculatum
Attractive feature plant with strappy leaves up to 1m high.  Prefers a shaded to part-shaded position and can be grown in garden beds or large pots. The white flowers are large and fragrant and bloom from November to March. Frogs
Tuckeroo
Cupaniopsis anacardioides
(seasonal)
Attractive evergreen tree with rounded canopy. Grows to 8 metres. Orange fruits in winter. Most soils are suitable. Birds

Native landscape pack

Species Description and growing conditions Fauna benefits
Blue Flax
Dianella caerulea
Hardy plant with long strappy leaves to 450 millimetres. Blue flowers on branched spikes appear in spring. Bright blue berries occur after flowering. Prefers sunny position in well-drained soil. Birds, lizards
Bottlebrush
Callistemon sp.
short - to 1.5 metres
tall - to 5 metres
Hardy woody shrub that produces beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer and sometimes again in autumn. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Regularly prune to encourage bushier growth and increased flower production. Bottlebrushes make excellent screening plants and are quick growers. Birds, insects
Brisbane Wattle
Acacia fimbriata
A fast growing bushy small tree growing to 6 metres square. Dense yellow perfumed ball-shaped flowers appear in late winter and spring. Good hedge or screening plant and can be pruned to shape. Plant in full sun to a partial shade position. Hardy in most situations. Birds, butterflies, bees
Coastal Rosemary
Westringia sp.
Hardy small fast growing evergreen shrub 1.5 metre square. Long flowering and suitable as a hedge or screening plant or for low maintenance gardens, exposed sites and coastal gardens. Birds, butterflies, insects
Creeping Boobialla
Myoporum parvifolium
Purple and white flowers are borne during the summer months. This is an excellent spreading groundcover for a sunny well-drained position or is suitable in pots or containers. Birds, lizards
Grevillea
Grevillea sp.
Showy evergreen plants to 2 metres with nectar-rich flowers. They produce a 'spider flower' in a variety of single colours throughout the year. Grevillea's do best in a sunny position with light, gritty, free-draining soil Birds, bees, butterflies
Hairpin Banksia
Banksia spinulosa
Hardy evergreen shrub to 2 metres that features attractive foliage with bold flowering spikes in a variety of single colours. Flowers appear autumn through to spring. Plant in an open sunny position in well-drained soil. To encourage flower production and thicker foliage, cut flowering spikes and use in a floral display. Birds
Ivory Curl Tree
Buckinghamia cellisima
(seasonal)
Fast growing evergreen tree to 8 metres. Striking long creamy fragranced flowers from spring until autumn. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to semi shade. Birds, bees
Knobby Club Rush
Fincinia nodosa
Tough fast growing spreading tufting grass with upright dark green foliage up to 500 millimetres. Grow in a full sun position. Brownish flower heads are produced on spikes throughout the year. Great plant for water features, ponds and effective in mass planting or in containers. Birds, frogs, lizards
Lemon Scented Myrtle
Backhousia citriodora
Great small feature tree to 5 metres. White flowers from summer to autumn. Leaves are lemon scented. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in semi shade. Ideal for hedges or mixed shrub bed. Birds, butterflies, bees
Lillypilly – up to 5 metres
Syzgium sp.
Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent screens, windbreaks and hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Birds, bees, flying foxes
Mat Rush
Lomandra sp.
Deep green glossy narrow strap leaves to 700 millimetres. Small yellow-cream flowers in spring and summer. Grow in full sun to part shade position. Lizards, frogs
Native Lasiandra
Melastoma affine
Hardy, fast growing bushy shrub to 2 metres. Showy large pink/purple flower in summer. Prefers sunny to partial shade position. Suitable as a hedge or container plant. Lizards, butterflies
Purple Pea Bush
Hovea acutifolia
A small to medium fast growing shrub which is stunning in flower. Grows 4 metres with masses of purple pea flowers from July to September. Best planted in a lightly shaded position in well-drained soil. Suitable as a windbreak, hedge or in a large pot or tub. Birds, bees
Sedge
Carex appressa
Tall sedge growing to 800 millimetres. Attractive large yellow seed heads in spring. Likes wet areas in full sun or partial shade. Ideal plant for around pool area in pots or mass plantings. Frogs, lizards
Small leaved Lillypilly or Riberry
Syzygium leuhmanii
Fast growing, dense screening tree to 8 metres. Clusters of white flowers in spring followed by small red fruit. Plant in a full sun to partial shade position. Is adaptable to most soils but prefers moisture. Can be trimmed to shape and size as desired. Birds, bees
Tea Tree
Leptospermum sp.
Attractive small shrub with a weeping habit, growing up to 2 metres. Showy pink or white flowers in spring and autumn. Prefers moist well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. A useful feature plant for rockeries or over retaining walls. Insects, bees
Thyme Honey Myrtle
Melaleuca thymifolia
Small hardy shrub to 1 metre square. Mauve claw type flowers occur in clusters and are borne during summer. Grows best in full sun with good drainage. Suitable for large pots or containers. Insects

 

18 September 2018