The beautiful, large glossy foliage is the most striking feature of this Australian rainforest tree. It can be used as a feature tree for small to large gardens or as a striking foliage plant (you can also use the long lasting foliage as backing for flower arrangements) in a large container for a balcony or courtyard. Another interesting feature is that it is a relative of the Macadamia nut and has a large edible kernel in the fruit in spring. It is a low maintenance plant once established. It comes from Queensland and naturally grows on deep volcanic soils, so grows best in soil rich in organic matter and with regular water and feeding.
|Scientific Name:||Athertonia diversifolia|
|Common Name:||Atherton Oak|
|Other Common Names:||Creamy Silky Oak|
|Plant Type:||Small tree|
|Height:||5 ~ 10 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Indoor, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Cut flower, Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds|
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