RAINFOREST TREES SUITABLE FOR BIRDS
 


NIMBIN PLANT SELECTION GUIDE



David McMinn


When planting out your garden or plots of native rainforest, it is important to have a range of suitable species, which produce flowers and/or fruit over the whole year. This is to provide birds, with a reasonably reliable food supply. Most plant species listed are native to the Northern Rivers and south-east Queensland. Those species native to north east Queensland are denoted by NEQ. The species covered include those with nectar rich flowers and those with fruit/seeds. 

The main reference for this page was Jones, David L. Rainforest Plants of Australia. Appendices XVII & XVIII. Reed Books. 1986. This is recommended reading for those interested. Unfortunately, it is now out of print, but it should be available in your local library.            

Species Tall
(m)
Food Growth
Rate
Time Attracts 
Birds
Tree Waratah
Alloxylon pinnata

15 Nectar Moderate October-January
Pink Silky Oak (NEQ)
Alloxylon wickhamii

10-20 Nectar Moderate Sep-Oct
Ash species
Alphitonia species

8 Fruit Moderate Sep-Nov
Black Bean Tree
Castanospernum australe

15-20 Nectar Slow to 
establish
October-November
Brown Kurrajong
Commersonia bartramia

10 Fruit Fast 
Pioneer
March-July
Pidgeonberry Ash
Cryptocarya erythroxylon

15 Fruit Moderate May-October
Weeping Fig (NEQ)
Ficus benjamina

15-20 Fruit Fast July-December
Sandpaper Fig
Ficus fraseri

6 Fruit Moderate May-February
Port Jackson Fig
Ficus rubiginosa

15-20 Fruit Moderate February-October
Cedar Fig
Ficus superba var henneana

              
15 Fruit Moderate January-August
White Fig
Ficus Virens

15 fruit Moderate June - October
Sliky Oak
Grevillea robusta

 

20-30 Nectar Fast September-October
Pink Euodia
Melicope elleryana

18 Nectar/
Seeds
Fast on
wet sites
Flowers: January-February
Fruit: September-December
Brush Cherry
Syzygium australe

8-10 Fruit/Seed Moderate November-March
Ribeberry
Syzygium leuhmannii 

15 Fruit/Seed Moderate November-March
Coolamon
Syzygium moorei

15 Nectar Slow November-January

Golden Penda (NEQ)
Xanthostemon chrysanthus

 

15 Nectar Moderate March-May
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