Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Time for Aussie Trees: They,COre Hardy and Beautiful; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher,COs Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro,cos Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Time for Aussie Trees: They,COre Hardy and Beautiful; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher,COs Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro,cos Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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DO you have a fake Christmas tree or a fair dinkum Christmas tree?

In recent years, Australian native plants have become very popular replacements for the traditional pines and firs as Christmas trees.

While Australia has followed European traditions closely, many Australian plants will make beautiful Christmas trees.

Some of the most popular Australian Christmas trees being used are the Norfolk Pine or Araucaria excelsa, she-oaks such as Casuarina cunninghamiana and Casuarina littoralis, the Black Cypress or Callitris endlicheri and even the Australian Christmas Bush or Prostanthera.

This is not only happening in Australia but in other countries of the world.

Many Australian natives are being exported around the world for this purpose.

A good example is the popularity of the Queensland bottle tree or Brachychiton repestre in Japan to help celebrate the festive season.

Straight after Christmas, one of the biggest problems faced by many people is how to look after the Christmas tree that has been inside for the past few weeks.

While they may still look attractive, some care will be required when relocating them to their outdoor position for the next 11 months.

Always one of the first problems encountered after moving the tree outside is browning of the outer shoots.

Quite often, this will happen within days of relocating the tree Co but donCOt worry, fresh green shoots should appear within five to six weeks.

Sometimes, some of the older, brown tips may need to be pruned and the tree may even need some light reshaping, particularly if decorations or children overcome with too much Christmas spirit have bent or broken some of the branches.

Ideally, the best position to place the Christmas tree after being inside is in an open but quite shaded area, such as a greenhouse or under the shade of a tree like a mango tree but without any direct sunlight.

Over the next five to six weeks, gradually move the tree into a sunnier position. …

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