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 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
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 Uses:Edible, Cut flower, Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds






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


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.