Lophostemon confertus – Queensland Brush Box

Lophostomen confertus, the Queensland brush box tree, is an evergreen, fast growing rainforest tree with an attractive rounded shape. It has white fluffy flowers in spring and summer, and leathery dark green leaves. Prized as a street tree, it is a hardy tree that is rarely troubled by pests or diseases. It tolerates smog, drought, heavy pruning and poor drainage. It also rarely drops branches. It does best in a moist fertile, well drained soil, but will tolerate poorer soils. Moderately frost tolerant once established. It can grow to around 20 metres tall in its natural range, but in cultivation will be smaller to around 10 metres tall.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Lophostemon confertus
Common Name:Queensland Brush Box
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:10 ~ 25 metres
Width:5 ~ 15 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
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

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.