Native Plant Program


Trees, shrubs and grasses play an important role in our streets, parks and riparian corridors, as well as in our very own backyards. Not only do they provide food and shelter for wildlife, they give the Region its unique character and provide a cooler and more attractive environment for us to live in.

As part of Council’s Bringing Nature Back initiative, Council offers a free native plant program for local residents and landholders.

You can pick up your free native plant at nominated dates and sites in the lead up to National Tree Day each year. Alternatively subscribe to Council’s Sustainability e-Newsletter for further information on upcoming plant giveaways.

Please note, this program does not provide free native plants for small or large scale events, fetes, promotional programs, prizes, fundraising activities, commercial businesses or government departments. Plants are to be planted on private property and are not designed for planting on Council land or as part of waterway revegetation projects.

Planting your native

So you have picked up your native plants and now you have planted them in your yard? We would love to see your native plants thriving in their new homes!
Send through a photo of your native plants in your yard to

Remember the below planting tips: 

1. Ensure you have the right plant in the right place in your yard for the right reasons. Always think before you plant and consider the following:

• What space do you have available in your yard for a new plant?
• What constraints do you have in terms of potential height, overhanging branches and root systems in relation to your property or neighbouring boundary lines?
• Are there any issues related to visibility from your driveway, intersection sight lines and access to your property?
• Are there any overhead or underground services, including the service line to your home?
• Is a ‘Dial Before You Dig’ check required to request information on underground cables and services on, or near your property?
• What type of tree/shrub is best suited to your yard?
• Do you want an evergreen or deciduous plant?
• Does the mature plant’s roots, branches, sap, flowers or fruits have the potential to obstruct buildings, fences, pools, footpaths, roads, foundations or vehicle paintwork?
• If you require advice about planting in public areas, check Council’s Tree Management Policy available via the website or contact Customer Service for more information on the local street tree planting guidelines.

2. Clear any grass or mulch to expose the soil.
3. Dig a hole twice the size and depth of the pot.
4. Mix fertiliser in with the soil in the hole.
5. Water the seedling and hole before planting.
6. Plant the seedling slightly below the ground level and back-fill the hole.
7. Make a small well around the plant to catch water.
8. Mulch around the plant, ensuring no mulch touches the stem.
9. Water thoroughly after planting.
10. Check in on your plant and water regularly:

• Month 1 - twice a week
• Month 2 & 3 - once a week
• Beyond 3 months - once a month

Find out more about native plants 

To find out more about a range of native plants found in our Region, the following fact sheets have been put together with assistance from local community group Native Plants Capricornia

Bat-wing coral tree (Erythrina vespertilio)(PDF, 943KB)
Black ironbox (Eucalyptus raveretiana)(PDF, 1MB)
Blue flax lily (Dianella brevipedunculata)(PDF, 233KB)
Blue tongue (Melastoma malabathricum)(PDF, 269KB) 
Brisbane golden wattle (Acacia fimbriata)(PDF, 293KB)
Burdekin plum (Pleiogynium timorense)(PDF, 242KB).
Cheese tree (Glochidion lobocarpum)(PDF, 1MB)
Creeping Boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium)(PDF, 199KB).
Coffee bush (Breynia oblongifolia)(PDF, 1MB)
Congera or Rose tamarind (Arytera divaricata)(PDF, 1MB)
Denhamia (Denhamia oleaster)(PDF, 1000KB)
Dogwood (Jacksonia scoparia)(PDF, 1MB)
Flax lily (Dianella caerula)(PDF, 1MB)
Flintwood (Scolopia braunii)(PDF, 1MB)
Giant palm lily (Cordyline manners-suttonae)(PDF, 1MB)
Green kamala(PDF, 987KB) (Mallotus claoxyloides)(PDF, 987KB)
Holly leaf fuchsia (Graptophyllum ilicifoliumm(PDF, 393KB))
Hovea(PDF, 1MB) (Hovea clavata)(PDF, 1MB)
Humble ebony or Small-leaved ebony (Diospyros humilis)(PDF, 1MB)
Lilly pilly or brush cherry (Syzygium australe)(PDF, 286KB)
Moreton Bay ash or Carbeen(PDF, 1MB) (Corymbia tessellaris)(PDF, 1MB)
Native holly(PDF, 1MB) (Alchornea ilicifolia)(PDF, 1MB)
Native rosella (Abelmoschus moschatus)(PDF, 281KB)
Native sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia violacea)(PDF, 796KB).
Native sorrel (Rosella) (Hibiscus heterophyllus)(PDF, 288KB)
Peanut tree (Sterculia quadrifidia)(PDF, 269KB). 
Queensland or Mount Morgan silver wattle (Acacia podalyriifolia)(PDF, 279KB)
Red bottlebrush (Melaleuca viminalis)(PDF, 801KB)
Red kamala (Mallotus philippensis)(PDF, 1MB)
Red-flowered silky oak (Grevillea banksii)(PDF, 2MB)
Swamp or river lily (Crinum pedunculatum)(PDF, 967KB)
Rough-barked ironwood (Backhousia kingii)(PDF, 1006KB)
Rusty pittosporum (Pittosporum ferrugineum)(PDF, 1MB)
Sandpaper fig (Ficus opposita)(PDF, 1MB)
Scaly ebony (Diospyros geminate)(PDF, 1MB)
Scarlet fuchsia (Graptophyllum excelsum)(PDF, 1MB)
Scrub boonaree (Alectryon diversifolius)(PDF, 994KB)
Smooth psychotria (Psychotria daphnoides)(PDF, 1MB)
Sticky hop bush (Dodonea viscosa)(PDF, 938KB)
Tuckeroo or Beach tamarind (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)(PDF, 1MB)
Tulip wood (Harpullia pendula)(PDF, 1MB)
Velvet cassia (Cassia tomentella)(PDF, 1MB)
White bauhinia (Lysiphyllum hookeri)(PDF, 1MB)
White hollywood (Auranticarpa rhombifolia)(PDF, 1MB)
White tamarind(PDF, 1MB) (Elattostachys xylocarpa)(PDF, 1MB)
Wild may or Yellow tea-tree (Leptospermum polygalifolium)(PDF, 1MB)
Wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)(PDF, 1MB)
Yellow kamala (Mallotus discolor)(PDF, 1MB)