“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 Name Common Name Notes
Brachychiton populenus Kurrajong
Casuarina cunninghamiana River She-oak
Eucalyptus blakelyi Blakelys Red Gum
Eucalyptus bridgesiana Apple Box Riparian areas
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River Red Gum Riparian areas, not south of ACT
Eucalyptus dives Broad-leaved Peppermint
Eucalyptus goniocalyx Bundy
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha Red Stringybark Dry areas
Eucalyptus mannifera Brittle Gum Dry areas
Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow Box
Eucalyptus nortonii Mealy Bundy
Eucalyptus pauciflora Snow Gum Cold areas
Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box Not south of ACT
Eucalyptus rossii Scribbly Gum Dry areas
Eucalyptus rubida Candlebark
Eucalyptus stellulata Black Sallee Cold, wet areas
Eucalyptus viminalis Ribbon Gum Riparian areas
Acacia dealbata Silver Wattle
Acacia genistifolia Spreading Wattle Dry areas
Acacia implexa Lightwood
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood Wet areas
Acacia rubida Red-stem Wattle
Bursaria spinosa Sweet Bursaria Dry areas
Callistemon sieberi River Bottlebrush Wet areas
Cassinia longifolia Sticky Cassinia
Daviesia leptophylla Narrow Bitter Pea
Daviesia mimosoides Bitter Pea
Hardenbergia violacea Purple Coral Pea
Hibbertia obtusifolia Guinea Flower
Indigofera australis Austral Indigo
Leptospermum continentale Prickly Tea-tree
Leptospermum lanigerum Woolly Tea-tree
Leptospermum obovatum River Tea-tree Riparian areas
Grasses, forbs and sedges    
Carex appressa Tall Sedge Riparian areas
Chrysocephalum apiculatum Common Everlasting
Chrysocephalum semipapposum Clustered Everlasting
Lomandra filiformis Wattle Mat-rush
Lomandra longifolia Spiny-headed Mat-rush
Microlaena stipoides Weeping Grass
Poa labillardieri River Tussock Riparian areas
Vittadinia muelleri Narrow-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.