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Tree Lucerne

Tree Lucerne
Photo: M Fagg - ANBG
Invasive Plant
Tree Lucerne
Chamaecytisus palmensis
 

A fast-growing, multi-stemmed upright shrub or small tree growing to 6 m. Masses of scented creamy-white peashaped flowers appear in early spring. Flowers are followed by downy green seedpods that turn brown with age. Once grown for its ornamental value, it has now become invasive across large expanses of Tasmania.

 

HOW IT SPREADS

  • Seed pods eject seeds that are long-lived. Seeds can also be transported by animals, ants, machinery and soil movement.
 
 
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Alternative Plants

Cape Lilac, Tree-in-a-hurry
Photo: Robert Chin
Alternative Plant Cape Lilac, Tree-in-a-hurry
Virgilia capensis
Trees and Shrubs
 

A fast-growing and erect evergreen tree to 9 m high. Although it is an evergreen, it can be semi-deciduous in cooler climates. Foliage is fern-like. Lightly perfumed, pink–purple pea-flowers with dark burgundy veins appear in late winter through to spring. This plant performs best in full-sun in a freely-drained position.

Lemon Bottlebrush
Photo: Macbird Floraprint
Alternative Plant Lemon Bottlebrush
Callistemon pallidus
Trees and Shrubs
 

Native to Tasmania, NSW, ACT and Victoria. It is an upright, hardy shrub to 3 m high by 2 m wide with slender spreading branches. The fresh lemon coloured flower spikes present a pleasing contrast to the greygreen foliage. This frost-hardy plant will grow in moist soils in full-sun or part-shade. It can withstand moderate exposure to salt laden winds. A desirable specimen or screen plant.

Sunshine Wattle
Photo: Habitat Plants
Alternative Plant Sunshine Wattle
Acacia terminalis
Trees and Shrubs
 

A variable plant in habit and ranging from a small shrub about 1 m in height to a small tree up to 6 m high. Attractive pinnate foliage typical to many Acacia's. Masses of creamcoloured, pale yellow or golden yellow ball-shaped flower heads appear from autumn to winter. Flowers are followed by woody seed pods. This Tasmanian native is frost tolerant, low maintenance and will grow in a range of different locations.

 
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