‘Queensland Brush Box’ – Plant Profile and Landscaping Uses
Lophostemon confertus is commonly called the ‘Queensalnd Brush Box’. It will grow to 15m and used widely as a street tree especially in Melbourne.
This is a fast growing tree that requires little care once established, well suited to parkland plantings and useful as a specimen tree or large screen in larger gardens.
The best specimens will be grown to form a single leader , and over time Lophostemon confertus forms a nice rounded head.
The white flowers in summer are attractive as they are set against the darker green foliage, and they also attract bees to the garden.
Naturally occurring in coastal areas from Queensland to NSW, Brush Box will reach 10 – 15 m and is relatively drought tolerant once established. Brush Box grows well in a fertile free draining soil in full sun.
Widely used as a street tree, well suited to parks, gardens and around commercial and industrial developments. Very attractive bark is an added attraction, a good shiny bronze to brown.
- Botanical Name – Lophostemon confertus
- Common Names – Brisbane Brush Box and Queensland Brush Box.
- Height – To around 15 m
- Spread – Crown or around 6 m with a dome like appearance.
- Position – Full sun.
- Soil – Well drained sandy loam to open clay, will tolerate poorer soils.
- Foliage – Mid to deep green and glossy.
- Trunk – Flakey bark, muddy pink to brown
- Growth Rate – Moderate to fast.
- Flowers – Creamy White in colour
- Flowering Time – Summer.
- Frost tolerant – Yes once established.
- Drought tolerant – Yes once established.
- Uses – Shade tree, Street Tree, Bird and bee attracting, wind break tree or feature tree.
Lophostemon confertus is available for sale from the following wholesale nurseries.
111 Stanhope Road Theresa Park NSW 2570
Offering a variety of sun hardy Australian natives and exotic trees, shrubs, groundcover's and perennials from semi advanced through to super advanced and semi-mature stock.
1750 Westernport Rd Heath Hill VIC 3981
Australias largest grower of semi advanced native and deciduous trees. .9 - 2.6mts high. Supplying councils, developers and landscapers. Includes Acacia implexa, acacia melanoxlylon.