Athertonia diversifolia – Atherton Oak

The beautiful, large glossy foliage is the most striking feature of this Australian rainforest tree. It can be used as a feature tree for parks and larger landscaping areas 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
Flower Colour:Brown
Flowering Time:Autumn
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
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Features:Edible, Cut flower, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds

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Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




The Native Shop – mail order


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