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  • Argania
    • spinosa   CAG02694

      (Argan)
      Height8m
      Width10m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      The legendary Argan, the seeds of which are the source of the valuable Argan oil.

      Under threat from over grazing and poor management in it's native southern Morocco, it is in actuality very easy to grow, being obscenely heat, drought and cold tolerant, and generally well suited to life in inland and southern Australia, providing some extra attention is paid to drainage in the higher rainfall coastal regions and capital cities.

      Small, glossy, dark green, elliptical leaves crowd stiff woody stems and each obscures a small spine designed to deter predation. It would probably make excellent topiary or hedges, if you would dare disfigure such a noble beast, otherwise it will slowly grow into a small, sprawling, densely crowned tree, gnarly of character, much like an Olive, and quite lovely, especially if under planted with Cyclamen, Galanthus, Amaryllis, Nerine and other mediterranean climate bulbs. On mature trees the insignificant, yellowish flowers are followed by edible, but unpalatable, yellow-green Olive like fruit whose thin flesh conceals the Argan nut.

      Make your own Argan oil or just enjoy as a remarkable and attractive ornamental.

      Deciduous in summer if drought stressed and perfectly happy. Irrigation is unnecessary and probably highly prohibitive to long term survival.

  • Bauhinia
    • purpurea   CAG02819

      (Orchid tree)
      Height5m
      Width4m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A beautiful, small, leguminous tree from India and southern China. It's fine and elegant form, butterfly-like, two lobed leaves and very showy, five petalled, bright purple flowers, copiously produced and reminiscent of orchids, make it highly desirable, especially in smaller gardens where high value plants are of the utmost importance.

      Easily grown and appreciative of regular watering over summer, although remarkably drought tolerant once established.
      Winter deciduous or not, depending on how much cold you get, and young plants may be frost tender for the first few years. Otherwise thrives anywhere from Albany to Kununurra.

      Being a legume, proper root development is critically important and young seedlings establish best, more mature plants typically taking many years to settle in, if they do at all.

  • Buddleja
    • salviifolia   CAG00789
      Height4m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonWi / Sp
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An attractive evergreen shrub. A quick grower with highly appealing arrow shaped, sage green, silver backed leaves paired along stiff, erect woody stems. Short, branching spikes of tightly packed, tubular, smoky lavender flowers are produced in abundance during spring.
      Prune as required after flowering.
      Butterfly attracting.

      An excellent Buddleja most valued for it's winter flowering season.

  • Cercis
  • Chilopsis
  • Crotalaria
    • semperflorens   CAG00795
      Height4m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Crotalaria semperflorens
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An ultra fast growing, tree-like, leguminous shrub with large, softly hairy, elliptical leaves bearing dense spikes of sweetly perfumed, bright yellow, 3cm, pea-like flowers in early winter, which are followed by large inflated seed pods that explode loudly during warm spring days.

      Reaches full size of 3-4m within 2 years, with an expected lifespan of 3-4 years.

      Self seeds freely, which is handy as you look forward to it's spectacular display each year.

      Must be planted as a seedling. Seedling stage lasts only a few weeks so is rarely offered.

  • Dracaena
  • Nolina
    • longifolia   CAG02825

      (Mexican grass tree)
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Essentially a blueish leaved more drought loving version of the familiar Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) with a less rotund trunk, fissured of bark and with much longer very pendant, almost linear leaves. A robust yet graceful feature specimen and probably a good subject for the largest of pots, surround with other succulents, chaparral type shrubs or tropicalesque foliage as desired.
      Large upright panicles of creamy white flowers add to the spectacle in maturity.
      br />From central Mexico but at least somewhat frost and drought tolerant. Expect it to be easily grown in any well drained sunny soil with occasional water through summer. Heat tolerance should be exceptional.

      Watching these become more silvery I suspect they may actually be N. nelsonii.

  • Salix
  • Sambucus
    • nigra   CAG00699

      (Elderberry, Elder)
      Height6m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Sambucus nigra
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An evergreen large shrub or small tree common to Europe. Bright green divided leaves, to 30cm long, are held in pairs on strong hollow stems up to 6m high. During the warmer months large lacy heads of small white starry flowers are produced, sometimes followed by black berries.

      The flowers and berries are edible and the flowers are traditionally used to make elderflower wines and cordials, and can be added to pancakes for something different.

      A fairly high water user with little tolerance for drought but quite lovely by the veggie patch or beside a lawn where it will appreciate the extra water and can be cut down hard, when in active growth, to keep its size in check and encourage bolder foliage or to act as an informal screen.

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