Flindersia, Plant Profile and Landscaping Uses
A group of trees that grow well in dry rain-forests, Flindersia make good shade trees and also produce good timber.
Some are used as street trees, although they can produce woody fruits that drop so position away from foot traffic may be considered desirable. All are long lived and generally not suited to planting beneath power lines due to potential height.
F. Australis is grown as a timber tree and is sometimes referred to as Australian Teak or Crow Ash. With the ability to cope with dry conditions as well as wet or inundated soils this makes an excellent shade tree. Reaching around 15m – 20 m in height with a broad crown to around 8m on maturity Flindersia Australis will form a buttressed root system over time. Very attractive to native birds and an excellent tree for parks, and larger gardens. Under good conditions growth rates are medium, generally regarded as slow growing.
F. collina is also known as the Leopard Tree, regarded as slow growing and reaching around 12 – 15m in height this species grows well in poorer soils and makes a good shade tree for difficult situations.
F. xanthoxyla is also known as Long Jack, faster growing than others and another good shade tree.
F. brayleyana is referred to as ‘Queensland Maple’. Flindersia schottiana is ‘Bumpy Ash’. Flindersia bourjotiana is Silver ash or Queensland silver ash.
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