The Australian Garden is beautiful with huge gum trees and a wide open area to have a family picnic. There are also statues of Australian animals hidden within the garden.Within the Australian garden there are some Eucalyptus trees commonly known as gum trees. There are more 700 species of gum trees in existence, only 15 of these species are found outside of Australia and only nine of those aren’t found in Australia at all. Most species are native to Australia along with the Koala who feeds off these magnificent trees.
Native Fangipani – Hymenosporum flavum
The Native Frangipani is a rainforest tree that is native to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia and New Guinea. The tree is not closely related to the frangipani despite its common name. The Native Frangipani has a narrow upright form and produces cluster of fragrant flowers in spring which are about 5 cm in diameter. They are cream in colour and age to a yellow; flowers are followed by long pear shaped seeds. The flowers attract bees, honey-eating birds and butterflies. The Native Frangipani has dark green glossy leaves which are 10 cm long and 4 cm wide.
Brown Pine – Podocarpus elatus
The Brown Pine – Podocarpus elatus is endemic to the east coast of Australia. The tree is a medium-large evergreen tree. The leaves are 5-15 cm long and 6-18 mm wide. The Brown Pines seed cones are dark-purple, berry-like, with a fleshy base 2-2.5 cm in diameter; the seed cones bear a single oval seed 1 cm in diameter. The fleshy part of the seed cone is edible, and the timber is used for furniture, joinery, boat planking and lining.
Huon Pine – Lagarostrobos franklinii
The Huon Pine is a slow growing tree native to the southwest of Tasmania Australia. The tree is straight trunked with spirally arranged, scale-like leaves. The leaves are 1-3 mm long. The Huon Pine bears male and female cones on separate plants. The wood is highly prized for the golden yellow colour, fine grain and natural oils. Due to slow growth and heavy logging the remaining 26000 acres are protected.
The Macadamia is a genus of 9 species 7 of these being native to Australia. They are an evergreen with lance shaped leaves 6-30 cm long and 2-13 cm wide. The flowers are grown on a long slender stalk 5-30 cm long,which flowers having there own stalk and the auctual flower being 20-15 mm long and are white to pink or purple in colour. The Macadamia produces Macadamia nuts which mature in a woody globe shaped shell.
Heath-leaved Banksia – Banksia ericifolia
The Heath-leaved Banksia is a woody shrub native to Australia. The dark green, crowded leaves are small and narrow 9-20 mm long and 1 mm wide. New growth appears in summer and is lime green in colour. The shrub flowers in autumn/ winter, the flower spikes are 7-22 cm long and 5cm wide, the flowers have a long wiry style. The spikes are red or gold in overall colour. With styles of golden, orange, orange-red or burgundy. Old flower spikes fade to brown to grey with age.
Blackbean – Castanospermum australe
The Blackbean is an evergreen Native to the east coast of Australia. The leaves are 15 cm long and 6-7 meters wide. The flowers are bicoloured red and yellow, 3-4 cm long and produced on a stem which each flower having an individual stalk. The fruit is a cylindrical pod 12-20 cm long and 4-6 cm in diameter. The inside is split into 3-5 cells by a spongy substance each which contains a large chestnut-like seed. The seeds are poisonous but are edible when carefully prepared by pounding into flour, leaching in water, and roasting.