So how about breaking the mould and having a true-blue Aussie Christmas Tree this year.
The Daintree Pine (Gymnostoma australianum) is the perfect native substitute for the traditional European pine tree. It has lovely soft foliage and a neat pyramidal pine-tree shape. It makes a fantastic decorative pot-plant, so you can keep it year-in year-out as a family tradition. Or after Christmas you can plant it in the garden, where it grows into a well-shaped small tree only about 4 to 5 metres high. It makes a great specimen plant on its own, or its dense foliage makes it a great addition to a screen planting. And while it is an extremely rare plant from the Daintree rainforests, it is hardy and easy to grow. How good is that for a fair dinkum local Aussie Christmas Tree!
But maybe you want to break away from the traditional Christmas Tree look altogether. In which case, you can’t go past Lilly-pillies such as Aussie Compact, Hot Flush and Supreme, or even the original species Syzygium smithii and Syzygium australe. Lilly-pillies are well-behaved in pots, with attractive glossy foliage which looks pretty fantastic covered in shiny tinsel and baubles.
But why not think totally outside the square and simply browse through the nursery, choose a plant that catches your eye, decorate it up, then plant it in the garden after the festive season is over. That’s what we’ll be doing this Christmas, and already we’ve got our eye on a Red Silky Oak (Carnarvonia montana), Sankowskya (Sankowskya stipularis) and a Pink Willy. Decisions, decisions! Too many choices… so maybe we’ll just have to have several Christmas Trees this year. Sounds like a great Christmas.
Wishing you all a very happy Christmas.
Happy gardening this Christmas season, and see you at Yuruga!
Peter and Ann