tasmanian currajong (Asterotrichion discolor)
If you're looking for an attractive small tree that is hardy, wind-tolerant and fast-growing - and has the added bonus of attractive and abundant scented flowers, then choose tasmanian currajong.
It's a particularly useful tree to plant in narrow spots, such as down a side boundary shared with a nearby neighbour, especially on a southern boundary where it is often darker and damper.
In Taroona, tasmanian currajong grows naturally in damp gullies as a small, narrow tree.
Its finely serrated soft lance-shaped leaves grow alternately on the stem; their lower surface covered with fine hairs. This plant is usually dioecious, which means it bears male and female flowers on different plants, but occasionally you will find a monoecious plant, which carries both male and female flowers. The male flowers are white, star-shaped, fragrant and produced in abundance, while the female flowers are much smaller and hang in clusters. The flowers are produced from late autumn to late winter.
Aboriginal people used the fibrous bark as a string. In fact, the word 'currajong' is a mainland Aboriginal word from the Sydney area meaning 'fibre-yielding plant.
The species name discolor refers to its two-toned leaves - darker top surface and paler underside.
Insects visit the flowers for their nectar and pollen.
(Photos by Rob Wiltshire, UTAS)