Native Plants of North Sydney

These links reveal the extensive list of plants indigenous to North Sydney.

Sydney's flora is unique and diverse and we can encourage even more diversity by planting native plants in our garden. Many species have been lost or are endangered in bushland under threat from land clearance, weed invasion and land degradation. Native gardens will attract native fauna to create a truly living garden. There are dozens of plants to choose from and some species are perfect for formal gardens. Many plants produce beautiful flowers, throughout different times of the year.

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Why is it important to plant local indigenous plant species?

Even better than planting "native" plants is to plant local indigenous species that would have once grown unhindered in your very own back garden. Many nurseries provide plants from seeds collected in North Sydney. It is important to preserve and encourage these kinds of plants for several reasons:

  • The plants that once grew here evolved in this area over many thousands of years. Native plants help native fauna to survive by providing food and shelter.
  • Maintaining genetic integrity is important for healthy, hardy species that will flourish in the local environment.
  • Encouraging local indigenous species will preserve genetic biodiversity.
  • Planting local native plants will help stop the introduction of weeds into bushland.

The benefits of planting local plants - good for you and for the environment!

Indigenous stock will:

  • Involve less watering and fertilising, providing a low maintenance and hardy garden.
  • Attract native fauna into your garden for you to enjoy, such as: butterflies, birds, lizards, and possums.
  • Provide homes, shelter, protection and food for our native fauna.


A Native and Wildlife Habitat Garden is a many-layered thing

Bushland is designed in three main layers. The first layer, or canopy, comes from the larger trees and their leaves and branches. The second layer is called the mid-storey and is made up of small trees and shrubs. The third layer is called the understorey and is made up of small shrubs, ground covers, ferns, grasses, rocks, logs and mulch. The trees provide habitat for birds, owls and possums. Shrubs provide shelter for small birds and food for butterflies. Ground covers provide habitat for butterflies, insects, frogs and lizards, which in turn provide food for birds and create healthy soil.

Before purchasing, please check with each nursery that plants are local species appropriate to your location and collected from local seed stock.

Much of the original diversity of plants in North Sydney has been lost. If there is a native plant you like that is not in the lists (below), then please check with your nursery as to whether it would be appropriate for your garden.

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