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9 Medium Sized Australian Native Trees for Your Garden

These native beauties are generally easy to maintain and can thrive in a variety of soil types and climates found throughout the country.

If you’re on the lookout for some extra shade, privacy, or just want to spruce up your landscape with a bit of natural beauty, look no further than our list of medium-sized Australian native trees.

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring some of the most impressive mid-sized native trees that you can grow at home.

Acacia implexa (Hickory Wattle)

Acacia implexa Hickory Wattle | Native plants
Acacia implexa / Photo by Donald Hobern / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The Hickory wattle will grow almost anywhere around the country, even in the outback as long as it receives some supplementary water in summer.

It has stunning dark green foliage and pretty cream, pom-pom flowers in summer.

This wattle is also drought and frost-tolerant once it becomes established. It’s a good idea to mulch around the base of the tree to protect the roots as suckering is common if the roots become damaged.

The tree will reach a height of 8 to 10 metres.

Corymbia ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum)

Corymbia ficifolia Red Flowering Gum | Native plants
Corymbia ficifolia

Corymbia ficifolia, also known as the red flowering gum, is a lovely Australian native plant that has vibrant red flowers which bloom in summer.

This tree is a popular choice for gardens and landscaping. The tree can grow up to 10 metres tall and has a smooth, greyish-brown bark that sheds in long ribbons.

The leaves are a glossy green and are lance-shaped, adding to the tree’s overall beauty. The red flowering gum is also a great choice for attracting wildlife, as it is a favourite of nectar-feeding birds and insects.

Tristaniopsis laurina (Water Gum, Kannooka)

Tristaniopsis Laurina Water Gum Kannooka | Native plants
Tristaniopsis laurina / Photo by Krzysztof Golik / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Tristaniopsis laurina features glossy, deep green leaves and striking yellow flowers. It’s no wonder this plant is such a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike.

The leaves are a lovely oval-shape and can grow up to 10cm long, while the flowers bloom in clusters and exude a strong odour, which some people love but others find unpleasant.

This plant’s hardiness is also noteworthy, as it can adapt to an array of conditions, which makes it an excellent pick for low maintenance gardens.

Banksia marginata (Silver Banksia, Honeysuckle)

Banksia marginata Silver Banksia Honeysuckle 1 | Native plants
Banksia marginata

This plant is commonly known as the Silver Banksia due to its silvery-grey foliage that shimmers in the sunlight. The leaves are long and narrow, sometimes with serrated edges.

The Silver Banksia is a hardy plant that can grow up to 10 metres tall. It produces beautiful yellow flowers that bloom in autumn and winter, attracting a range of native birds and insects to your garden.

One of the most interesting features of the Silver Banksia is its seed pods, which are large and woody, and can remain on the plant for years. These pods are a valuable food source for many native animals, including cockatoos and possums.

Did you know?

Many native Australian plants are adapted to low-nutrient soils, especially low in phosphorus.

Over-fertilising, particularly with high phosphorus fertilisers, can harm these plants. It’s best to use a slow-release, low-phosphorus fertiliser, specifically formulated for native plants.

We recommend this native fertiliser from Amgrow, designed to promote healthy root growth, lush foliage, and increased flowering, without overwhelming native species.

Syzygium Smithii (Lilly Pilly)

Syzygium smithii | Native plants
Syzygium Smithii / Photo by Akos Kokai / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Included amongst the plants commonly known as Lilly Pillies, Syzygium Smithii is an evergreen shrub that is a popular choice for gardeners due to its attractive glossy green leaves and dense growth habit.

Syzygium Smithii is a versatile plant that can be used as a hedge, a screen, or as a standalone feature in the garden. It is also a great choice for attracting birds and other wildlife to your garden. It’s also easy to care for and can thrive in a range of soil types and conditions.

Melaleuca Linariifolia (Snow-In-Summer, Narrow-leaved Paperbark)

Melaleuca Linariifolia | Native plants
Melaleuca Linariifolia

This plant is commonly found in the coastal regions of Australia and is a popular choice for gardeners. The leaves of the Melaleuca linariifolia are long and thin, resembling the shape of a needle, and are a vibrant shade of green.

One of its most distinguishable features is its white or creamy-white papery bark and flowers and its dense, lush canopy.

Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra Wattle)

Cootamundra wattle Acacia baileyana | Native plants
Acacia baileyana / Photo by John Jennings / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This fast-growing native tree has lovely grey foliage and bright yellow flowers in winter.

You always know that spring is just around the corner when you see this wattle in full bloom as it becomes completely covered with flowers.

The Cootamundra wattle can reach a height of around 6 to 8 metres. It can handle most soil types and will be happy in either full sun or light shade. It will even tolerate light frosts.

Best of all, this flowering tree is particularly attractive to bees and seed-eating birds.

Hymenosporum flavum (Native Frangipani)

Hymenosporum flavum Native frangipani | Native plants
Hymenosporum flavum / Photo by Tatiana Gerus / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

There’s no doubt that the heady fragrance of frangipani is a welcome addition to any garden and our native frangipani is no exception. It has large green leaves and stunning white and yellow flowers in spring and summer.

Hymenosporum flavum is a small tree growing to a maximum height of around 7 metres. It will grow happily in full sun or light shade.

Being a fast-growing tree, it will establish itself quickly in your garden if you plant it in well-drained soil and mulch heavily after planting. 

In southern gardens, this Australian rainforest tree needs to be protected from frost until it reaches a height of around 2 metres. It requires very little maintenance and heavy pruning should be avoided as this will damage its pyramidal shape.

Banksia menziesii (Menzies’ Banksia, Firewood Banksia)

Banksia menziesii | Native plants
Banksia menziesii

With its unique and intricate flower spikes, Banksia menziesii is a true standout in any garden. The flower spikes are made up of hundreds of tiny flowers that are a beautiful shade of deep red or pink, and they are surrounded by long, serrated leaves.

Banksia menziesii is also known for its ability to attract a wide variety of birds and insects, making it a great choice for anyone looking to create a wildlife-friendly garden.

This plant is relatively easy to care for, and it can thrive in a range of different soil types and climates around Australia.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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