Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Humphris Nursery Licenced Producer Acmena smithii BWNFIR FIRESCREEN Pbr

Humphris Nurseries, one of Victoria's larger native specialist wholesale suppliers of trees and shrubs to the landscape industry, are now a licensed grower of Acmena smithii FIRESCREEN Pbr supplying to Bunnings.
ENQUIRIES: James Edge Tel: +61397619688
Born and bred at Bangalow Wholesale Nursery, Acmena smithii FIRESCREEN Pbr is now produced by premium growers in all mainland states and recognised as one of the hardiest, most attractive and fastest growing psyllid-free native hedging and screening plants for Australia's coastal and warmer temperate zones from Far North QLD to Melbourne

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Acmena smithii FIRESCREEN on Better Homes and Gardens!

Acmena smithii BWNFIR FIRESCREEN Pbr was recently featured as THE screening plant on 7's Better Home's and Gardens "Ultimate Backyard" show 2015.

Watch it here:


Saturday, February 21, 2015



For fast growth, long life and lush, glossy foliage it's hard to go past Lilly Pillies for hedging and topiary. Lilly Pillies are evergreen Australian native rainforest plants. Many have flushes of colourful new growth, ranging from bronze to pink to copper and red-brown. In spring to early summer most have fluffy white to greenish flowers followed by long lasting red, purple or pale (edible but tart) berries.

There are many selections on the market, some that perform better than others in the garden...

Some, but not all Lilly Pillies, are susceptible to PSYLLID insect attack, resulting in pimply bumps on the leaves. The attack comes from a tiny native cicada-like insect, is seasonal and occurs only on new growth, so tends to be less of an issue with the larger tree forms upon maturity. Psyllid are not life threatening to the plant, just a bit unsightly, so Psyllid resistant forms are a better option for shrubs and hedging.

RIGHT: Psyllid attack on Syzygium australe red form.

MYRTLE RUST is a recently introduced exotic disease. Some Lilly Pillies have VERY HIGH resistance with virtually no occurance to date, others have HIGH resistance with only occasional, minor maroon-coloured spotting (that does not effect the overall appearance and performance of the plant). Others have LOW resistance and new growth suffers curled disfiguration with bright yellow, powdery rust. Plants with HIGH resistance to Myrtle Rust are the best option.

RIGHT: Myrtle rust disfigurement of foliage on Syzygium foliage.

A new pest (suspected to be beetle attack) has recently been seen on Syzygium australe 'Select' in coastal areas, causing unsightly blemish to much of the plant's foliage - a bit like a hole-punch..

BELOW: Pest attack - Syzygium australe 'Select'

CHOOSE WISELY, CHOOSE WELL - SPECIFY A "PEST & DISEASE RESISTANT LILLY PILLY".... and be rewarded with a hedge or small tree that PERFORMS for years and years.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Our Syzygium australe 'Select' are real winners; these primo trees found a home at The Australian Open in Melbourne.

#SyzygiumSelect www.bangalownursery.com

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


As backyards become increasingly smaller and concern over liability grows for Councils and developers, the need for trees that perform in small urban spaces - without root, maintenance and safety issues - becomes greater.

Breeders are introducing improved selections of popular native landscape trees with attributes such as better performance and structure, enhanced aesthetic appeal, low fruiting and disease resistance.

A good example is Ozbreeds' Tristaniopsis laurina 'DOW10' LUSCIOUS Pbr. Featuring extra broad, lustrous leaves and burgundy bark which peels to reveal a smooth, pale trunk, LUSCIOUS, to 7m high, is ideal for streetscapes, courtyards and small lots.

[Pictured Left Tristaniopsis laurina LUSCIOUS].

Acmena smithii 'BWNFIR' FIRESCREEN Pbr is a real performer, boasting wind and coastal tolerance in conditions ranging from heatwaves to -2 deg. Fast growing yet long lived, Firescreen responds brilliantly to pruning which fires it's dense copper-red new growth. This low-fruiting selection makes a great hedge from 1.2m or a tall privacy screen to 6m in full sun to part shade. When grown clear-trunked Firescreen is a lovely low-mess compact tree to 6m ideal for containers, topiaries, pleaching and roof top gardens.

[Right Versatile Acmena smithii FIRESCREEN]

For narrow spaces ie; screen plantings in part shade down the sides of buildings, Elaeocarpus eumundii ( pictured below )

and Ozbreeds' Acmena smithii 'BWNRED' RED HEAD Pbr will grow taller and narrower, staying from 1.5 - 2m wide and can be cropped at the height desired. Acmena smithii are in a class of their own when it comes to longevity of container life, making them ideal for pots, topiary, planter boxes and roof top gardens (where they also respond beautifully to pruning, if desired.)

[Right Tight Spot? - Acmena RED HEAD Pbr]

There are many attractive flowering smaller native trees including Elaeocarpus bancroftii, a highly ornamental tree up to 6-9m with large glossy leaves and clusters of white bell shaped flowers in summer and Randia fitzalanii or Native Tree Gardenia to 5m with large dark glossy leaves and smaller fragrant white flowers (for frost free areas). A whole range of grafted hybrid Brachychitons with cold tolerance are now available such as pink flowering 'Noel's Surprise' to 5m high, 'Jerilderie Red' to 8m and crimson flowering 'Clarabelle', which is reported to have excellent coastal tolerance, to 6m [Pictured Below] to name a few.

So choose wisely - the rewards are functionality, beauty and practicality...after all, good things come in small packages!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


A symmetrical, upright, fully green selection with extra broad leaves,

GREEN AVENUE Pbr is the selection of choice for the City of Sydney!


Waterhousea GREEN AVENUE Pbr tubestock may be purchased from the following Licensed Propagators around Australia and grown-on for sale, provided the promotional label remains attached. (NB tubestock may be purchased ex-label for LANDSCAPE USE ONLY, ie; not for re-sale);


Cutting Edge Natives - Rosebank NSW (02) 6688 2042

Limpinwood Gardens Nursery - Chillingham NSW (02) 6679 3353


Mansfields Propagation – (Spring 2014) (03) 9782 2404


Production Enquiries: Stuart Knowland (breeder) 0428 878 626.


Thursday, March 20, 2014



Pictured: The NEW Firescreen Tie On promotional label. A NEW Push In label is also available.

Acmena FIRESCREEN Pbr tubestock may be purchased from the following Licensed Propagators and grown-on for sale, provided the promotional label remains attached. (NB tubestock may be purchased ex-label for LANDSCAPE USE ONLY, ie; not for re-sale);



Cutting Edge Natives - Rosebank NSW (02) 6688 2042

Jamberoo Native Nursery - Jamberoo NSW (02) 4236 0445

Limpinwood Gardens Nursery - Chillingham NSW (02) 6679 3353


Wild Valley Propagation - Tallebudgera QLD (07) 5533 8005, 0402 800 865


Mansfields Propagation – (Spring 2014) (03) 9782 2404


Native Plant Wholesalers - (From 140mm Spring 2014) (08) 8726 6210


Domus Nursery - Hacketts Gully (08) 9293 1768 (From 130mm Spring 2014)

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Licensing Enquiries: Tracey Knowland 02 66878 626.

Production Enquiries: Stuart Knowland (breeder) 0428 878 626.

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The HEDGE of CHOICE for AUSTRALIAN CONDITIONS - FAST GROWING, LONG LIVED, PEST & DISEASE RESISTANT and heatwave, wind, coastal and cold tolerant (-2deg), FIRESCREEN is the ONLY broad leaf Acmena selection on the market with red new growth that holds it's FOLIAGE ALL THE WAY TO THE GROUND* and is LOW FRUITING. For best results grow in full sun to part-shade, add organic matter to soil when planting, feed and water regularly until established and *clip a couple of times per year.


Saturday, March 15, 2014


Like all living creatures, birds are attracted to an environment that offers habitat protection, food and water.

Non-carnivorous birds are attracted by nectar, fruit and seed bearing plants.

Carnivorous birds such as Butcher Birds, Currawong, Owls and Kookaburra are attracted to a garden with good biodiversity including small creatures such as lizards, worms, mice, frogs and fish.

Native Pigeons & Fig Birds feast on Bangalow Palm berries. Image:coquettepointinnisfail.blogspot.com

Plants that offer dense growth, such as hedges or prickly leaves, provide habitat and protection for nesting. Some of the larger birds, such as Owls and Rosellas, look for hollow trees – a nesting box in the garden provides a good alternative.

'Biological Rodent Control Officer' Image:www.fugly.com


Acmena smithii (Scrub Cherry) – An evergreen Lilly Pilly large shrub or small tree, with cream powder-puff blossoms followed by mauve edible berries. Fruiting attracts a wide range of fruit-eating rainforest pigeons. Parrots will also feed on the fruit. Flowers attract a wide range of insects. For small bird habitat look for the denser growing improved broad leaf forms such as A. FIRESCREEN, A. RED HEAD and A. SUBLIME. Hedge from 1m high. Very hardy and coastal and wind tolerant. Also good in pots for roof top gardens, courtyards and patios.

Edible cherry - Acmena RED HEAD.

Allocasuarina cunninghamiana (River She-Oak) – occurs along river banks. Birds are attracted to the red flowers and needle-like leaves which they use for nesting material.

Archontopheonix cunninghamiana (Bangalow Palm) – Fig Birds and Fruit Doves love to feast on the red berries which form in a large cluster after flowing.

Banksias - attract the nectar-feeding birds, including wattle birds, but they also carry seeds which attracts seed-eaters, such as cockatoos.

Callistemon (Bottlebrush) attract a range of birds, including the insect eating fairy wren.

Camelia spp. (Camelia japonica, Camelia sasanqua) - excellent hedge and screen plants, Camelias provide both habitat for nesting and flower nectar enjoyed by native birds.

An Australian Wattle Bird feeding on Camelia nectar. Image:gardendrum.com

Grevillea (Honey Gem, ‘Scarlet Sprite’, ‘Firesprite’ ) - Grevilleas are great bird plants. Rainbow lorikeets love ‘Honey Gem’. They adore the nectar and seeds and they won't knock back the odd insect or two either. The dense, prickly foliage provides protection from predators as well as fabulous, safe nesting sites.

Raphiolepis indica (Indian Hawthawn) – an ideal hedge plant for coastal conditions, with dark green shiny, leathery leaves. Excellent small bird habitat. Comes in both white and pink flowering forms. Clip to height desired. Drough tolerant once established. Very hardy.

Magnolia grandiflora (Bull Bay Magnolia or compact forms Little Gem, Kay Parris) Lovely specimen tree 8m+ with dark green glossy leaves with rust red back and saucer-sized cream, fragrant blooms. Coastal tolerant. Not for frosty areas.

Support bird-life in your garden - invest in a tree or shrub, add a bird bath and be rewarded with song, colour, pollination AND the bonus of insect and pest control!

Thursday, March 6, 2014


HOT, DRY CONDITIONS? Once established, olives laugh at tough conditions and are a good choice for sloping, well drained positions with coastal influence.

ABOVE: Clipped Olive Trees, Mudbrick Vineyard, NZ. Photo: Tracey Knowland

Here are but a few, currently in production for landscape at our nursery.

CORATINA: A major Italian variety from Apulia bearing from a young age with medium fruit (2-3.5g. High oil content. Ripens late season. Considered dual purpose. Very cold resistant. Usually pickled green.

FRANTOIO: From Tuscany, Italy, this variety has high yields of small / medium fruit (2-3g) ripening mid/late season. Fruit has a nutty flavour (when pickled) and a high oil content.

TOLLEY'S UPRIGHT: An upright grower with fine, silvery-grey filiage, this is an ornamental, low-fruiting variety useful for tubs and screen plantings.
RIGHT: When planted at close intervals Tolley's Upright makes a lovely hedge.

HELENA: While it's origin is unknown, cuttings for Helena were taken from olive trees, growing since the 1800's, at an old penal settlement on St Helena island in Moreton Bay QLD. Similar in habit and fruiting to Frantoio, with it's subtropical heritage, Helena has a tolerance for humidity.

PS - olives can do a little too well in some regions where they have become a weed, in which case a non-fruiting variety is recommended. Check with your local Council if you are not sure.


Monday, February 10, 2014


A STANDARD is a shrub or tree that is produced with one straight, central trunk (leader) and and trimmed with a rounded head of branches. Lower stems and shoots are removed and the remaining upper branches are clipped frequently, to the desired shape and to encourage density.

Many plants lend themselves to being topiary specimens, the more desirable being evergreens with a dense, bushy habit that responds well to pruning and glossy, smaller leaves.

Acmena smithii FIRESCREEN Pbr is the most dense growing of all the broad-leafed improved Acmena smithii Lilly Pillies and boasts stunning copper-red new growth (which, when pruned, reveals a deep green ball). Disease and pest resistant AND heat/cold/coastal/wind tolerant, FIRESCREEN is ideal for pleaching and topiary with an outstanding container life.


^ LOVE A LILLY PILLY LOLLYPOP? FIRESCREEN is a hardy choice, produced by growers around Australia. Ask for FIRESCREEN by name from your local retailer.