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  • Notable Trees of Australia

    A tree is just a tree until it is a landmark or a tree around which memorable events are centered. Around here, we think that trees are pretty important for a lot of reasons, ranging…

  • Trees in the News

    Trees do not often make it into the news. They do not have feet or paws. They tend to stay in one place and grow slowly. Even so, trees are important to our world. They…

  • Gadi: Another Name for Xanthorrhoea or Grass Trees

    Gadi is the First People name for Xanthorrhoea or grass trees. Gadigal or Caddiegal are the original people who lived in the area that includes Sydney and several other coastal Australian cities. According to the…

  • Buying a New Tree? Here’s How to Pick the Healthiest Specimen

    The healthier a tree is, the better its chances are of surviving and thriving once it has been planted out in your garden. But when you’re shopping at a nursery and you’re faced with a…

  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Queensland Bottle Tree

    Whether you’re considering purchasing a Queensland Bottle Tree or you already have one growing happily in your garden, it’s always worth learning a little more about the trees that feature in your life. When it…

  • Large Succulents: Feature Plants for Your Landscape

    If you are a gardener, you have often heard the term, “succulent”. You might have asked yourself what exactly is it that makes a succulent? You know that cacti, aloes, agave, and tree yuccas are…

  • Spikey, Fibrous, Fantastic Yucca plants

    What is spikey, fibrous, and fantastic? Yucca plants! Originating in Mexico, yuccas have a long tradition as useful, attractive plants. Today, they are primarily grown as ornamental plants. They can be low-growing foliage plants, such…

  • This Fast-Growing Succulent Tree Could Transform Your Garden

    Looking for a garden tree that’ll grow quickly, not demand too much attention, and give your garden a year-round “wow” factor? The Tree Aloe could be exactly what you need.   What is a Tree…

  • Can Planting Garden Trees Really Help with Climate Change?

    The world is still debating whether or not mass tree plantings can really help with climate change. There’s no denying that huge expanses of trees will act as carbon sinks, but the counter argument is…

  • How to Tell if a Tree is Healthy by Looking at its Leaves

    When you invest time, energy, money, and love into your garden trees, then it goes without saying that you want them to be as healthy as possible. In-depth health checks are important, but, let’s face…

  • Tall Architectural Trees

    A favorite Australian architectural tree is brachychiton rupestres otherwise known as the Queensland Bottle tree. It should not be confused with the baobab, Adansonia Gregorii, even though baobabs are also known as bottle trees. Both…

  • 3 Trees That Will Improve the Air Quality Around Your Home

    Just about every tree is beneficial in terms of improving air quality, but some are truly exceptional at filtering away toxins and purifying the air. If you’ve been looking for a way to improve the…

  • A Field Guide to Australian Trees: A book review

    No matter how much you know about trees, there is always something more to learn. This book was a fortuitous used book find. Originally published in 1968, by Ivan Holiday and Ron Hill, it is…