The Best Native Australian Trees for Schools

Orterra believes selecting native Australian trees for schools can contribute to sustainable landscaping, support local ecosystems, and provide educational opportunities. Most importantly it can be fun for kids to explore what the trees have the offer opportunities for children to interact and play with the leaves, seed, flowers and bark.

Here are 4 of our favourite native Australian trees suitable for school environments in Brisbane:

1. Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia)

  • Hardy and salt-tolerant, perfect for coastal areas
  • Non-invasive roots
  • Unique yellow cylindrical flower spikes.
  • Attracts nectar-feeding birds

Get more information on the Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia) here.

2. Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle)

  • Medium-sized tree with lemon-scented leaves.
  • Attracts birds and butterflies with fluffy white or cream flowerheads
  • Tolerates light shade

Get more information on the Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) here.

3. Waterhousea floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly)

  • Weeping habit creating dense foliage
  • Attractive creamy flowers and edible fruit
  • Suitable for creating a screen or hedge

Get more information on the Waterhousea floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly) here.

4. Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ (Water Gum)

  • A small tree with attractive deep green foliage and yellow flowers
  • Copper-coloured new growth
  • A great shade tree
  • Tolerates light shade

Get some more information on the Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ (Water Gum) here.

When choosing the right tree for your school, consider factors such as soil type, sunlight exposure, and available space. Consulting with local nurseries or horticulturists can provide valuable insights into the specific needs and characteristics of these native trees in the context of your landscaping project.

If you need some help or have any questions about the right plants for you, contact us today!