“Anyone who plants a tree, plants hope”

– modified from Lucy Larcom

Rivers of Carbon works across the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, an area that has four distinct seasons and which is quite a tough environment for plants to establish and survive.   In the photo above we have used a mix of trees, shrubs, grasses and sedges along an eroding gully with an ephemeral stream.  The areas we have planted out are doing really well, and moisture is being retained in the stream for longer periods, forming shallow pools that we know provide vital drought refuge in the summer months.  To get this mix of planting, we worked with the landowner to determine which plants would do well on that particular site, and what our overall objectives were for the property.  We use this approach at every property we work on, consulting with the landowner, assessing site conditions, and putting together a revegetation list that will work for that particular location.

We thought it would be useful to bring together the species we have found to be the best for revegetating  following on-ground works such as weed removal, fencing out and bank stabilisation. It is important to note that this species list consists of plants suitable for revegetation, and is not a comprehensive list of all species from our region.   It is  also not restricted to the riparian zone, as many of our projects are along gullies higher in the landscape that we are stabilising to reduce sediment runoff.   Plants that require specific conditions are indicated, while others are more generalist species.

Scientific NameCommon NameNotes
Brachychiton populenusKurrajong
Casuarina cunninghamianaRiver She-oak
Eucalyptus blakelyiBlakelys Red Gum
Eucalyptus bridgesianaApple BoxRiparian areas
Eucalyptus camaldulensisRiver Red GumRiparian areas, not south of ACT
Eucalyptus divesBroad-leaved Peppermint
Eucalyptus goniocalyxBundy
Eucalyptus macrorhynchaRed StringybarkDry areas
Eucalyptus manniferaBrittle GumDry areas
Eucalyptus melliodoraYellow Box
Eucalyptus nortoniiMealy Bundy
Eucalyptus paucifloraSnow GumCold areas
Eucalyptus polyanthemosRed BoxNot south of ACT
Eucalyptus rossiiScribbly GumDry areas
Eucalyptus rubidaCandlebark
Eucalyptus stellulataBlack SalleeCold, wet areas
Eucalyptus viminalisRibbon GumRiparian areas
Acacia dealbataSilver Wattle
Acacia genistifoliaSpreading WattleDry areas
Acacia implexaLightwood
Acacia melanoxylon BlackwoodWet areas
Acacia rubidaRed-stem Wattle
Bursaria spinosaSweet BursariaDry areas
Callistemon sieberiRiver BottlebrushWet areas
Cassinia longifoliaSticky Cassinia
Daviesia leptophyllaNarrow Bitter Pea
Daviesia mimosoidesBitter Pea
Hardenbergia violaceaPurple Coral Pea
Hibbertia obtusifoliaGuinea Flower
Indigofera australisAustral Indigo
Leptospermum continentalePrickly Tea-tree
Leptospermum lanigerumWoolly Tea-tree
Leptospermum obovatumRiver Tea-treeRiparian areas
Grasses, forbs and sedges  
Carex appressaTall SedgeRiparian areas
Chrysocephalum apiculatumCommon Everlasting
Chrysocephalum semipapposumClustered Everlasting
Lomandra filiformisWattle Mat-rush
Lomandra longifoliaSpiny-headed Mat-rush
Microlaena stipoidesWeeping Grass
Poa labillardieriRiver TussockRiparian areas
Vittadinia muelleriNarrow-leaved New Holland Daisy
Wahlenbergia spp.Native Bluebell

Rivers of Carbon – Revegetation Species List

Please download and share this list for anyone who is interested in doing some revegetation on their place, however, we do believe it is always best to get on-site advice for larger projects if available.

Download the list here

Happy planting!

Caption: Planting day at on of our Rivers of Carbon Breadalbane sites where we are working with the landholder to fence out stock, protect water courses and revegetate. Photo: Lucy Wenger.