Safetree plants

The below safetree list provides a guide to the native shrubs/small trees that are generally suitable for planting under powerlines in South East Queensland due to their small size (4m or less). This is not an exhaustive list, so there may be other species not listed below that may also be suitable.

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Mauve flower of the Blue Tongue plant

Blue Tongue (bush tucker)

Melastoma malabathricum (affine)
Height 1-3m
Width 1-2m

Mauve/pink flowers in summer. Flowers spasmodically with edible fruits. Attracts birds.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east

Butterfly Bush

Pavetta australiensis
Height 4m
Width 2m

Can be planted in most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun to part shade.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east
Red flower on the Callistemon Little John plant

Callistemon 'Little John'

Callistemon 'Little John'
Height 1m
Width 1m

Can be planted in most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided during establishment.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
White flowers on the Melaleuca Claret Tops plant

Claret Tops Paperback

Melaleuca linariifolia 'Claret Tops'
Height 1.5 - 3m
Width 1.2m

Cream flowers from Spring to Summer. Bronze foliage, frost sensitive when young. Attracts birds. Great for screening with low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
White flowers on the Coastal Boobialla plant

Coastal Boobialla

Myoporum acuminatum
Height 4m
Width 3m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun.

Coastal
White to mauve flowers on the Coastal Rosemary plant

Coastal Rosemary

Westringia fruticosa
Height 1 - 2m
Width 1 - 2m

White to mauve flowers all year around. Hardy coastal plant. Attracts birds. Low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Yellow flowers on the Coastal Wattle plant

Coastal Wattle

Acacia sophorae
Height 2.5m
Width 3m

Best in well drained sandy soils in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Dwarf Banksia

Dwarf banksia

Banksia oblongifolia (Asplenifolia)
Height 1 - 3m
Width 1 - 2m

Yellow and green flowers in Autumn and Winter. Oblong, slightly toothed leaves. Attracts birds. Great for screening with low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Flat Stemmed Wattle

Acacia Complanata
Height 3m
Width 3m

Plant in well drained soil in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Yellow flowers on the Fringed Wattle plant

Fringed Wattle

Acacia fimbriata
Height 4m
Width 3m

Hardy in most soil types except boggy areas. Plant in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Orange flower on the Golden Candlestick plant

Golden Candlesticks

Banksia spinulosa
Height 3m
Width 3m

Golden flowers from Autumn to Winter. Tall woody fruit. Attracts birds. Low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east
Kunzea plant

Kunzea

Kunzea flavescens
Height 4m
Width 2m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east

Midyim berry (bush tucker)

Austromyrtus dulcis
Height 1m
Width 2m

White flowers in Spring. Colourful foliage, edible berries. Attracts birds and has low water requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Moonlight grevillea with white flowers

Moonlight Grevillea

Grevillea 'Moonlight'
Height 4m
Width 2 - 4m

Creamy white flowers all year round. Attracts birds. Great for screening with low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Narrow leaf myrtle

Narrow Leaf Myrtle (bush tucker)

Austromyrtus tenuifolia
Height 1 - 3m
Width 1 - 5m

White flowers in Summer. Edible fruits liked by nectar and fruit eating birds. Frost tender, preferring some shade. Attracts birds. Low watering requirements.

Coastal; Lowland east
Coffee beans on the stem of the Native Coffee Bush plant

Native Coffee Bush

Breyna oblongifolia
Height 2.5m
Width 2.5m

Green flowers with dark bronze foliage. Attracts birds. Great for screening with low water requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Yellow and white flowers on the Prickly Leaved Paperbark

Paperbark (Prickly leaf)

Melaleuca nodosa
Height 3m
Width 2m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun. Suitable as a street tree if lower branches are removed to a height of 2.4 metres.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Prickly Pine

Bursaria spinosa
Height 3m
Width 1.5m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun to part shade; prune growing tips to maintain bushiness.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Red silky oak with red flowers

Red Silky Oak

Grevillea banksii
Height 3m
Width 1.5m

Most soils as long as adequate drainage is provided; best in full sun. Remove dead flowers to maximise flowering and encourage bushiness. This species has given rise to numerous cultivated varieties (e.g. G. 'Honey Gem', G 'Misty Pink') that are also suitable under powerlines.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Rusty Pittosporum

Pittosporum revolutum
Height 3 - 4m
Width 3m

Yellow or red flowers in Spring. Attractive fruit. Attracts birds. Low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Sannantha Bidwillii

Sannantha bidwillii (was Babingtonia bidwillii)
Height 4m
Width 2m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun. Prune growing tips to maintain bushiness.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Red flowers on the Scarlet Fuchsia plant

Scarlet Fuchsia

Graptophyllum excelsum
Height 4m
Width 1.5m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided during establishment. Best in full sun to part shade. Prune to shape and remove unwanted suckers.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Sea Foam Paperbark

Melaleuca 'Sea Foam"
Height 2.5m
Width 2m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Paperbark snowstorm

Snowstorm Paperbark

Melaleuca 'Snowstorm'
Height 2m
Width 1.5m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Small flowers on the Sticky Hop plant

Sticky Hop Bush

Dodonaea species
Height 1 - 4m
Width 1 - 2.5m

Attractive foliage with small colourful flowers. Attracts birds. Great for screening with low water requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Orange flowers on the Swamp Banksia plant

Swamp Banksia

Banksia robur
Height 2 - 4m
Width 1 - 3m

Green flowers in Winter and Autumn. Large leathery leaves. Attracts birds. Low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
White and yellow flowers on the Glass House Mountains Tea Tree

Tea tree

Leptospermum brachyandrum
Height 4m
Width 3m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun. Suitable as a street tree if lower branches are removed to a height of 2.4 metres.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Threaded Barked Myrtle

Gossia (Austromyrtus) inophiora
Height 1 - 4m
Width 1 - 1.5m

White flowers in Summer. Prefers semi-shade. Attracts birds. Great for screening and has low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east

Wallum Bottlebrush

Melaleuca pachyphyllus
Height 2m
Width 1m

A mix of red or green flowers. Loves wet conditions. Attracts birds. Has low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

Weeping Baeckea

Baeckea frutescens
Height 2.5m
Width 1.5m

Best on well drained sandy soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; in full sun. Prune growing tips to maintain bushiness.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
Red flowers on the Wildfire plant

Weeping Bottlebrush variety

Melaleuca viminale (was Callistemon viminalis) 'Wildfire'
Height 4m
Width 2m

Most soils as long as adequate moisture is provided; best in full sun. Suitable as a street tree if lower branches are removed to a height of 2.4 metres. Remove dead flowers to maximise flowering and encourage bushiness.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west
White flowers on the Wild May plant

Wild May

Leptospermum polygalifolium
Height 2.5m
Width 1 - 2m

White flowers in Spring. Frost hardy or coastal shrub. Attracts birds. Great for screening and has low watering requirements.

Coastal; Ranges; Lowland east; Lowland west

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