The Sunshine Coast boasts some of the World’s most stunning ecosystems and in fact, is one of the country’s most bio-diverse regions. It’s no surprise then that this beautiful part of Queensland has such a large number of common tree species — most you’ll recognise as tropical or coastal trees and not all of them are natives. You might even have one or more of the below species in your own back yard!
Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus)
The Brush Box tree is a huge evergreen species with lush foliage that provides wonderful shade. While prone to falling limbs during storms, this tree is so beautiful, they are worth keeping if they are in good health.
Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii)
This towering coniferous pine can grow up to a whopping 50 metres in height and is a beautiful feature of the Sunshine Coast landscape. This evergreen tree is special because it’s one of the last surviving species within the Araucaria genus. Unfortunately, because this tree species is so tall, it can be quite dangerous when dropping its pine cones, branches or falling, so if you have a Bunya on your property, it’s a good idea to get it checked by an arborist regularly.
Kauri Pines (Agathis robusta)
The Kauri Pine is also a tree that reaches towering heights up to 30 – 50 metres tall. A coniferous tree that is common throughout the east coast of Queensland, this tree is stunning, but also prone to falling and dropping limbs with age or disease.
Pandanus Tree (Pandanus spiralis)
The Pandanus is actually considered a shrub, but can grow up to 10 metres in height. Found along beach dune areas and other waterways, this interesting shrub is a true survivor and also creates a protective habitat for birds and other wildlife within its spiny leaves. The Pandanus bears edible fruits that turn bright orange when ripe.
Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
The Paperbark is a quintessentially Aussie tree and is easily recognised by most Queenslanders. Growing up to 20 metres tall, this tree offers excellent shade with its grey/green leaves and bears pretty white bottle brush flowers. While the Paperbark is a great addition to any property, it is another species that’s prone to falling limbs — especially during storms.
Piccabeen Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana)
This Australian palm is one of those trees that gives the Sunshine Coast region its tropical paradise feel. They can grow to over 20 meters tall and its beautiful flowers and drooping fruits gives this tree some interesting character. This is a sturdy species, but when they fall, they do a lot of damage. They also frequently drop their fronds, so can be a tad annoying for those who get annoyed by messy trees.
Strangler Figs (Ficus watkinsiana)
This amazing tree is in fact considered a pest, as it is a strangler plant that envelops a ‘host tree’, which usually dies as a result. The Strangler Fig then becomes columnar tree, which means it remains hollow in the middle, offering a wonderful shelter for small wildlife. The Strangler Fig species can be phenomenally beautiful and ancient-looking, but is prone to a lot of issues, such as causing falling branches from the host tree as it dies. On the other hand, some figs have been known to actually increase the standing power of a host if it doesn’t die, anchoring it deeper into the soil. Amazing!
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
The Tea Tree is well-known worldwide for its highly medicinal oil. The tree itself is lovely, with cute flowers whose colours range from white to dark yellow and it’s also a natural pesticide. Unfortunately, the tree is fairly toxic if parts are ingested and it’s also prone to dropping limbs, so many people have them removed.
Wattles (Acacia spp)
The famous Wattle is another well-known and loved Aussie native. People usually love having Wattles in their yards, as they heavily attract colourful native fauna, such as Rosellas and Lorikeets. They do require a bit of work though and can look quite scruffy if not pruned well.
If you have any of these trees on your property that you’d like identified, maintained or removed, give the team at Sunshine Coast Tree Lopping a call for a free quote or just a friendly chat about our lovely Sunshine Coast trees.