Illawarra Flame Tree
Growing along side the Red Cedar and also thriving in lowland rainforest habitat is the Illawarra Flame tree.
It too is deciduous but not with the same regularity as the Red Cedar.
The Sweetest Thing
Leatherwood trees Eucryphia lucida are in glorious flower during February in Tasmania and produce lots of sweet nectar. Leatherwoods can produce masses of distinct white flowers quite visible from a distance.
Leatherwood flowers are sweetly scented and can fill the air with their perfume, especially on warm days in dense stands of Leatherwood trees.
Native Plants in Autumn
It's a Sapling's Time to Shine
You know it's autumn when the leaves start changing colour. With a crispy crunch underfoot, these falling leaves will soon decorate the earth in silent splendour.
Australian native plants such as White Cedar will soon be aflush with yellow leaves, Illawarra Flame Trees and Silky Oaks will be turning red, and in Tasmania the leaves of the Fagus or Deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii will be turning brilliant gold, red rust and every shade in between.
Australia's Red Gold
Australia’s native Red Cedar, Toona ciliata, towers above pretty much everything else in the lowland rainforests. It can reach 60 m in height with a massive girth of 3 m.
You would be lucky to spot one these days. A century or more of clearing and timber-getting has decimated the wild population and most now grow only in plantations or as single, ancient giants deep in the forest.
Deciphering the Scribbles
The scribbly gums shed their bark, revealing the new artwork of their tiny lodgers.
The scribbles are the work of a small moth larvae, Ogmograptis scribula.
Like its cousin the Red Cedar, the native White Cedar is a member of the Mahogany family and also has attractive red coloured wood popular with woodworkers.
As one of Australia’s few deciduous trees, you can find them in gardens, streets and parks, losing their leaves in winter to let the sun through, providing much needed shade in summer and producing beautiful fragrant lilac-coloured flowers in spring.