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Australia Fair – Bee Friendly Australian plants

This is a guest post from Frank Schuurman, who is a retired nurseryman living in West Auckland. Frank's post is about the Australian plants currently flowering in New Zealand. These are great plants to help out the bees over winter…so get planting :D!!!

Thanks Frank for providing us with this great post.

If anyone else is keen to do a guest post, then please get in touch. Take it away Frank…


Australia Fair – Frank Schuurman

Eucalyptus Leucoxylan
Our Australian neighbours have a fantastic range of outstanding plants, many doing extremely well for our moderate climate and flowering in our winter just when we need them, starting with their marvellous Eucalyptus, we grow the red Eucalyptus Leucoxylon and we have just planted 50 Eucalyptus Meliodora.

Grevillea "Mount Tambouritha"
Grevillea “Mount Tambouritha”
Next are the Grevilleas, in many varieties beautiful shrubs growing from 50 cm in prostrate form to shrubs 2-3 meters tall, they like free draining soil and prefer full sun, an excellent range can be seen in the botanic gardens in Manurewa.

Then there is a large range of Calistemon varieties commonly known as bottle brush, the bees just love them, and next come the Banksia’s in their various forms up to 5 metres tall.

Banksia
Banksia
Calistemon / Bottle Brush



Acasia / Wattle
Just starting to flower are Acasia’s better known as Wattles, excellent pollen source and in many varieties, growing as a bit of a weed with their oil holding seeds lasting for a long time waiting for a fire to make them quickly germinate. We visited the Wild Flowers in Western Australia last year and the range of “Bee plants” is enormous.

While locally a bit of Gorse is starting to flower and a good pollen source, I also noticed some ornamental leptospermum or Tea tree just starting to flower.

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Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

2 thoughts on “Australia Fair – Bee Friendly Australian plants

  1. Hi Gary,

    Great topic for BEE AWARE Month, however Your ten plants for Bee Feed appear to come from the US…a little confusing as there are plants not heard of in NZ let alone the moles…

    May I recommend you visit the Treesforbeesnz.org site for local lists…might be more helpful.

    Cheers
    Maureen

    1. Hi Maureen,

      Thanks for the message, but I suspect this is meant for our new post about winter plants?

      But yes indeed, Tree for Bees is a great site, would be interested in doing a show at some point about the best plants for New Zealand?

      Thanks…Gary

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