WEEDS

Trees

Natives

Umbrella Tree – Schefflera actinophylla

Native to North Queensland where it can grow as an epiphyte. Umbrella tree is displacing native vegetation along the coastal strip on the Sunshine coast. Appears to be frost sensitive.

Native Frangipani – Hymenosporum flavum

It is supposed to be native to our area, but has not been seen in the valley until recently. A fast growing softwood, It’s rate of multiplication is remarkable. The very fertile seed is spread by birds.

Exotic

Mexican Tree Fern – Schizolobium parahyba

There has been reports that this tree is establishing itself along the Blackall range.

From tropical America.

Rhus Tree – Toxicodendron succedaneum

Rhus has many fertile seeds which are liked by birds. Native to Asia. This small tree produces a skin irritating oil called Urushiol which can give a severe allergic reaction upon contact.

Coffee – Coffea arabica

In north east N S W, spreading by seed, coffee has become an invasive weed.

Ice-cream bean – inga edulis

Native to: Central. & South America

We are lucky that this tree does not like frost. It can propagate easily by seed

Curry tree – Bergera koenigii (RUTACEAE)

Another tree whose seed is well liked by birds. Hard to eradicate as it suckers readily, and is resistant to herbicides . The leaves are often used as seasoning in Indian and Sri Lankan cooking

Broad-leaf privet – Ligustrum lucidum (OLEACEAE)

Both broad and narrow leafed privet are well established in the valley as they prefer cool high rainfall areas. Can cause irritation for hay fever sufferers. From China and Japan.

The leaves and fruit of all privet species are considered to be poisonous. Broad leaf privet is a Class 3 declared plant under Queensland legislation.

Narrow leaf Privet – Ligustrum sinense

From China and Japan, all parts of the plant are considered poisonous. Narrow leaf privet is a Class 3 declared plant under Queensland legislation.

Yellow trumpet Tree – tabebuia chrysantha

From Nigaragua. This tree is slowly spreading along the north N S W coast.

Propagates easily by seed. At least the birds are not interested.

Candlenut – Aleurites moluccana (EUPHORBIACEAE)

A rain forest tree native to north Queensland which is becoming a pest in the suburbs of Brisbane. It propagates by nuts which are poisonous.

Loquat – Loquat Eriobotrya japonica (MALACEAE)

Its fertile seeds are enabling it to move down waterways. Loquat trees bear fruit very early in spring, becoming a host for fruit fly, enabling fruit fly to quickly move to other fruit trees.

Native of china and japan.

Paulownia tomentosa

A very fast growing tree from China

Many very fertile seeds that can be carried by wind or water.

Tecoma or Yellow Bells – Tecoma stans (BIGNONIACEAE)

Spreads easily from wind borne seed. Native to Central and South America.

Yellow bells is a Class 3 declared plant under Queensland legislation.

Slash pine – Pinus elliottii (PINACEAE)

This aggressive plantation tree is starting to appear in the valley.  It is native to the south-east United States of America

Chinese rain tree – Koelreuteria elegans ssp. formosana

This tree was first recognized as a naturalized environmental weed in the 1990s in the Brisbane City Council area. Origionally planted as an ornamental landscape tree, this slow growing tree has seed that is well liked by birds. Native to China and Tiawan.

1 – Home. 2 – Vines. 3 – Grasses. 4 – Herbs. 5 – Ground covers.

6 – Bulbs. 7 – Shrubs. 8 – Palms. 10 – Aquatic plants.

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