Alloxylon pinnatum – Dorrigo Waratah

The Dorrigo Waratah is a very attractive small tree with its dark green glossy leaves and red wheel-like flower heads. It can be difficult to establish but give it a sheltered position in a deep, well-drained loamy soil and you will be richly rewarded. It makes a wonderful feature tree. The lovely timber is used for furniture and cabinet making.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Alloxylon pinnatum
Common Name:Dorrigo Waratah
Other Common Names:Red silky oak, tree waratah
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:10 ~ 20 metres
Width:8 ~ 12 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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