The Grass Tree is an impressive feature in any home. Xanthorrhoea, more commonly called Grass Trees or Balga (meaning ‘Black Boy’ in some local dialects), are native to Australia. We stock the Xanthorrhoea johnsonii variety which typically features a blackened trunk from bushfires and thin green leaves. Generally they have a white collar which indicates several years since the last fire. The leaves are cut when the trees are potted so the plant can concentrate on new root growth.
A long flower spear shoots up from time to time. The flowering process is such a huge effort for the plant, that it may not show any sign of new growth for several months and sometimes longer.
In poor bush soil the trunk will grow approximately 1cm a year so a tree with a metre trunk could be 100 years old. In better soils, growth is much faster. These trees really are outstanding specimens.
Grass Trees are a protected species and it is illegal to remove them from the ground without statutory consent. Each Grass Tree comes with an individual Government Conservation Tag and we source straight from licensed harvesters. We know you will love your Grass Tree as each is unique and special to you.
Planting your Grass Trees
A little care and planning in the beginning will result in a happy plant that requires minimal maintenance and water.
Follow these instructions as you will be rewarded for many years to come:
Caring for Grass Trees
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