This is a list of the trees that are in common usage in South East Queensland that have proven to be useful in the landscape offering flower, form and hardiness.

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Betula Nigra    Lagerstroemia Indian Summer     Magnolia little gem    Randia fitzalani    Tristaniopsis luscious Pbr   

Tabebuia palmerii     Waterhousea select 

We grow a range of advanced trees in 45lt and 100lt carry bags. Our trees are grown from our own production stock and selected for the correct attributes of each species. Special attention is given to providing excellent root systems free off encircling roots and bent stems. Production stock of trees are produced in air pruned pots and are grown in smaller, regular batches so that they do not become root bound before potting to the next stage. Once they reach 45lt size we attach most of our trees to special catenary cables that allow the trees to move in the wind creating strong trunks but also giving trees some support during high wind.

All of our stock is given room to grow and are not jammed in to maximize space use , this gives us excellent trees that will grow well in your landscape. 

Below are examples of stock grown in our advanced production area.

Syzygium narrowleaf Grevillea bailyianna Xanthostemon chrysanthus
Randia fitzlanii Elaeocarpus eumundii Metrosoides thomasii

Betula nigra


 Betula nigra    Betula nigra
Betula nigra or tropical birch is one of the few cold climate style plants that will grow in South east Queensland. They are a native American plant that grows in flood plains as well as higher ridges from Florida to Minnesota. In their native home they can get quite large but here about 10m is full height. They have a soft green leaf that as the weather turns cool turns yellow and quickly drops. They can be multi trunked but we grow them as single stem trees. In the attached photo from my old yard they have been used as a grove to create a cool shaded area in summer and an open sunny area in winter. They are fast growing in spring and summer if provided with even watering.

Lagerstroemia Indian Summer

Indian Summer Lagerstroemia are hybrids selected for disease resistance and superior form. They drop all of their leaves in autumn with leaves going deep orange before dropping. We shape all of our plants to a tree form with a clear trunk of about 1.4m, as you can see from the photos below they can require regularly removal of shoots from the base to maintain shape.
Lagerstroemia Natchez Lagerstroemia Natchez
Lagerstromea Tuscarora Lagerstromea Tuscarora


Magnolia Grandiflora Little Gem   


Magnolia Little Gem Magnolia little gem flower

The Little in Little Gem Refers to the smaller leaves and  smaller flowers rather than as it's stature as a tree. I have grown M. Little Gem in the same garden as M. St Mary and they have matched each other in growth, after 8 years both are 8m+ in height. Little Gem flowers throughout the year where St Mary's has much larger flowers but only flowers intensely with huge flowers for a short period of time. Magnolias seem to be pest free, hardy and fast growing in our climate especially when given well drained soil and adequate water.

Randia fitzlani



 Randia fitzlaniiRandia fitzlani foliage  
Randia or Native Gardenia is a small medium tree with extra large deep green glossy leaves that has a naturally dense, conical shape when grown in full sun. The clusters of white flowers with their light gardenia scent is an extra bonus. It is equally at home in a rainforest or formal setting and can be pruned into a good small shade tree  

Tristaniopsis Luscious Pbr

tristaniopsis lusciousTristaniopsis luscious   Tristaniopsis Luscious
This is one of the best small trees for the landscape. Broad deep green foliage and an elegant shape make this a good option . It has a smooth grey bark and yellow perfumed flowers. It also is a fast growing tree that will soon give a mature look to the landscape.


Tabebuia Palmerii


Tabebuia palmerii Tabebuia palmerii flower
From late winter and through spring Tabebuia are the standout flowering trees in South East Queensland. The pink flowering Tabebuia is called palmerii but is probably a mix of different species. We collect seed from our own trees so we end up with a similar tree each time. Seed grown trees do have variability but by collecting from the same tree it limits too much change. The stunning heads of pink flowers are the standout performer in trees in early spring. This particular tree was in the backyard of Noel Percy. 


Waterhousea floribunda - Select

Waterhousea floribunda Waterhousea floribunda

Waterhousea floribunda

Waterhousea floribunda -Select Form

This is a fast growing lillipilly tree with lightly weeping foliage selected by our staff at Aspley Nursery. The new growth is a pale green slowly changing to deep green on the older foliage. Floribunda is an excellent tree for screening in larger areas as it can maintain foliage low to the ground if unprimed. The photo on the right shows the first batch of our Waterhousea floribunda select. We have been looking for better forms of the tree for years and have finally settled on this form due to it's excellent form and growth habit. all of the trees grown by ASPLEY NURSERY in the future will be cutting grown from this form giving the landscaper and designer a guaranteed result  and even performance.

For information on more lillipillies please visit out lillipilly page.

It's general habit is a medium tree to 10m though this is effected by availability of water and soil type. It grows as a native to South East Queensland