Native Australian Trees

Course CodeVHT115
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Are you interested in learning more about Australia's native trees?

This course first teaches you about different types of Australian flora, plant identification, information sources, planting, feeding, soils, pests & diseases, watering, propagation and transplanting.

The remaining lessons then deal with selected varieties of trees, windbreak planting, agroforestry, tree maintenance and tree selection.

This is a great course for:

  • Gardeners, horticulturists, arborists
  • Landscapers, Garden Designers and Nurserymen
  • Farmers, land managers, land rehabilitation and forestry staff

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification
    • Genus, Species
    • Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons
    • Characteristics of main Australian Plant Families
    • General characteristics of native trees
    • Information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
    • History of nomenclature
    • International Code
    • Ranks of Taxa
    • Principle of priority
    • Selection and spelling of plant names
    • Changing names
    • Hybrids
  2. Culture
    • Planting Procedure
    • Planting on slopes
    • Fertilizer
    • Time of planting
    • Staking
    • Mulching
    • Pruning native trees
    • Steps in removing a branch from a tree
    • Soils (Physical, chemical, biological structure)
    • Soil profile
    • Improving soil profile
    • Colloids
    • Water and air
    • Soil temperature
    • Soil life
    • Soil Problems (Loss of soil fertility, Erosion, Salinity, Soil compaction, Soil acidification, Build up of dangerous chemicals)
    • Improving soils (soil additives etc)
    • Limestone Underlay Technique
    • Fertilisers
    • Fertilising established trees
    • Plant Nutrition
    • Water Problems
    • Drainage
  3. Propagation
    • Choosing the right propagating technique
    • Seed
    • Seed sources
    • Hybrid seed production
    • Storing seed
    • Difficult seeds
    • Dormancy facftors
    • Maintaining genetic identity
    • Propagating Media
    • Propagating Eucalypts
    • Propagating Acacias
    • Cuttings
    • Improving curtting success rates
    • Grafting
    • Top graft
    • Whip & Tongue graft
    • Irrigated graft
    • Grafting selected plants (Eucalypts, Grevilleas, Banksias, Hakeas)
    • After care of seed and cuttings
    • Transplanting (seedlings, cuttings)
    • Potting up plants and Growing on
  4. Most Commonly Grown Varieties
    • Review dozens of relevant genera
    • Allocasuarina
    • Casuarina
    • Melia
    • Pittosporum
    • Acacia
  5. More About Important Groups
    • Eucalyptus
    • Banksia
    • Brachychiton
    • Grevillea
    • Diagnosing Tree Problems
    • Tree Surgery Techniques
  6. Other Varieties
    • Rainforest Trees
    • Constructing a Rainforest
    • Acmena
    • Eugenia
    • Mallotus
    • Melicope (Euodia)
    • Neolitsia
    • Nothofagus
    • Schefflera
    • Stenocarpus
    • Syzygium
    • Aracaria
    • Agathis
    • Actinostrobus
    • Callitris
    • Podocarpus
    • Adansonia
    • Agonis
    • Albizzia
    • Alstonia
    • Alphotinia
    • Angophora
    • Barklya
    • Buckinghamia
    • Castenospermum
    • Elaeocarpus
    • Ficus
    • Macadamia
    • Melia
    • Nuytsia
    • Tristania/Lophostemon
  7. Making The Best Use of Native Plants
    • Why plant trees in the Landscape
    • Problems with trees
    • Biological controls
    • Parasitism
    • Symbiosis
    • Planting Techniques (Pocket planting, slope serrration, Wattling, Planting arid sites, Direct seeding, Spray seeding)
    • Edible Australian Tree Crops (Davidsonia, Quandong, Backhousia, Citrus, Acacia, Syzygium, Tasmannia, Kunzea)
    • Australian indigenous timber trees
    • Essential oils
    • Useful Australian Conifers (Actinostrobus, Athrotaxus, Agathis, Araucaria, Callitris, Podocarpus)
    • Australian Indigenous Palms
  8. Special Assignment
    • You select and conduct an in depth study of one plant genus or group (eg. Timber trees, conifers, trees from a particular region)

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • To identify Australian Native Trees
  • To describe the culture of Australian Native Trees.
  • To propagate Australian Native Trees
  • Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of different commonly grown species of Australian Native Trees.
  • Compare characteristics and cultural requirements of conifer and rainforest species of Australian Native Trees.
  • Describe a range of uses for Australian native trees.
  • Study one type of Australian Native Tree in depth.

Scope of the Subject?

 

The study of Australian Trees is immense.
You may not realise just how many different trees come from Australia.

 


Australian native trees are found in all of the following genera:

           

Abrophyllum

Acacia

Acmena 

Acradenia (syn: Bosistoa)

Acronychia

Andersonia

Agathis  

Alectryon

Aleurites 

Allocasuarina

Alphitonia

Alstonia

Amorphospermum

Angophora

Anodopetalum  

Anopterus

Aphananthe 

Araucaria

Archidendron

Archirhodomyrtus

Archontophoenix 

Argophyllum

Argyrodendron

Arytera

Atalaya

Atherosperma

Athrotaxis

Backhousia

Baloghia

Banksia

Barklya

Barringtonia

Bauerella

Beilschmiedia 

Blepharocarya

Bombax

Brachychiton

Bridelia 

Buckinghamia

Cardwellia      

Caldcluvia

Callistemon

Callitris 

Capparis

Carissa

Carnarvonia

Caryota

Cassia

Castanospora

Castenospermum

Casuarina

Ceratopetalum

Cerbera

Choricarpia

Cinnamomum

Clerodendrum

Crateva

Croton

Cryptocarya

Cupaniopsis

Cuttsia

Dacrydium

Delarbrea

Darlingia

Davidsonia

Daphnandra

Decaspermum

  Denhammia

Dillenia

Diospyros   

Diploglottis

Doryphora

Drypetes

Duboisia

Dysoxylum

Elaeocarpus

Elaeodendron

Elattostachys 

Endiandra

Erynthrina 

Eucalyptus

Eucryphia

Eugenia

Euodia

Ficus

Floydia    

Garcinia

Gardenia

Geijera

Glochidion

Grevillea

Guilfoylia

Guioa

Hakea

Harpullia

Hedycarya

Hernandia

Heterodendron

Hibiscus

Hichesbeachia

Hollandaea

Howeia

Hydriastele

Hymenosporum

Lagerstroemia

Lagunaria

Lepiderma

Liculia

Livistonia

Lophostemon

Macadamia

Mallotus

Melaleuca

Melia 

Melicope

Neolitsea

Normanbya

Nothofagus

Mischocarpus

Olea 

Opisthiolepis

Orania

Oreocallis

Orites    

Owenia

Pandanus

Pentacerus

Petalostigma

Phyllocladus

Pipterus

Pisonia

Pithecellobium

Pittosporum

Planchonella

Pleiogynium

Podocarpus

Polytalthia

Polyosma

Polyscias

Premna

Psychotria

Ptychosperma

Quintinia

Randia

Rapanea

Rhoddamnia

Rhodomyrtus

Rhodosphaera

Santalum

Sarcopteryx

Schefflera

Sloanea

Stenocarpus  

Sterculia

Streblus

Syncarpia 

Syzygium

Tasmannia

Thespesia

Timonius

Toechima

Toona

Trema

Tristaniopsis

Trachocarpa  

Waterhousea 

Wilkiea

Xanthostemon

Zanthoxylum

 

 

 

                       

NB:  Some trees have had name changes but are still most often known by the above listed names (eg. Oreocallis is now called Alloxylon; and Euodia is now called Melicope).

Trees form the framework of a garden. More than any other plants, they determine a garden’s character; creating shade and protection for everything below them.

Before selecting the trees for your garden, you need to consider how shaded, protected and enclosed you want your garden to be. The balance of sun and shade is all-important. In our generally hot summers, shade is most desirable for outdoor living areas like patios and terraces, but you may well want to have sunny areas to grow flowers, shrubs or vegetables; and lawns do best in the sun too. Too many large trees can shade these areas excessively. Of course, you may decide to plant lots of trees to create a forest-like garden, concentrating on shade-loving shrubs and ground covers beneath them.

This is a great course for:

  • Gardeners, horticulturists, arborists
  • Landscapers, garden designers and nursery staff
  • Farmers, land managers, land rehabilitation and forestry staff

 

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