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The coastal Pandanus tree (Pandanus tectorius) under threat.

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The coastal Pandanus tree (Pandanus tectorius) is now under threat from the native leaf hopper (Jamella australiae) in South East Queensland. Although the two have co-existed for a long time, the leaf hoppers numbers are normally kept in check by its natural predator a tiny wasp known as Aphanomerus pusillus. The problem is believed to have been caused by trees …

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The importance of Palm maintenance and pruning in the Gold Coast garden.

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Palm trees form a quintessential part of the Gold Coast Landscape. Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) were amongst the earliest landscape garden plantings on the Gold Coast seaside parks. These, along with other varieties are often used to create a feature or a focal point in Gold Coast Gardens. The humid climate of the Gold Coast makes many plants …

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Banksia Robur as a screening plant in a planter box.

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For our recent Gold Coast poolside planter-box project in Broadbeach, our choice of screening plant was the BANKSIA ROBUR or swamp banksia. This banksia was chosen because it is an attractive and hardy plant, suitable for both low hedges and pots. Growing to a little over 2 metres, the flower spikes appear usually in autumn and winter initially as bluish …