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Geijera parviflora, Australian Willow

Australian-Willow likes full sun and low humidity on moist well-drained soil. It is most often used in the western US but could be tried in Florida on well drained soil. Trees grown in the open require little pruning if located where the drooping branches will not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic below. This tree is common in the dry southwest but probably could be grown in the east on sites that are sloping or in parking lots islands that are not regularly irrigated. Australian-Willow casts a light shade so it is ideal for use around a patio or as a lawn specimen, but may be too weeping for use as a street tree unless it is properly trained when it is young. Trees are tolerant of urban conditions and have performed well as street trees. Pollen causes mild allergy.

Clear all turf away from beneath the branches and mulch to the drip line, especially on young trees, to reduce competition with turf and weeds. This will allow roots to become well established and keep plants healthier. Prune the tree so trunks and branches will not rub each other. Remove some secondary branches on main branches with included bark. This reduces the likelihood of the main branch splitting from the tree later when it has grown to become an important part of the landscape. Locate the tree properly, taking into account the ultimate size, since the tree looks best if it is not pruned to control size. The tree can enhance any landscape with its delightful spring flush of foliage. It can be the centerpiece of your landscape if properly located.

Australian Willow Photos

Australian Willow Bark

Australian Willow Leaves

Australian Willow Flowers

Australian Willow Seeds

Australian Willow

Additional Information

Australian-Willow (146KB pdf)