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Windbreaks, screens & hedges

Windbreaks, screens & hedges

The selection of appropriate windbreak or screening plants would vary according to your soil conditions and the purpose of your windbreak or screen. This list is of local species which can be used in various situations.

  • Acacia falcata Sickle Wattle
  • Acacia fimbriata Fringed Wattle
  • Acacia longifolia Sydney Golden Wattle
  • Acmena smithii Creek Lillypilly
  • Allocasuarina littoralis Black She-oak
  • Allocasuarina torulosa Forest She-oak
  • Babingtonia plurifolia (syn. Baeckea virgata) Heath Myrtle
  • Breynia oblongifolia Coffee Bush
  • Callistemon citrinus Red Bottlebrush, Crimson Bottlebrush
  • Callistemon linearis Narrow-leaved Bottlebrush
  • Callistemon salignus Willow Bottlebrush
  • Casuarina cunninghamiana River She-oak
  • Casuarina glauca Swamp She-oak
  • Corymbia maculata Spotted Gum
  • Cupaniopsis anacardioides Tuckeroo
  • Dodonaea triquetra Common Hop Bush
  • Eucalyptus microcorys Tallowwood
  • Hakea salicifolia Willow-leaved Hakea
  • Leptospermum polygalifolium Yellow Teatree
  • Melaleuca nodosa Ball-flowered Paperbark
  • Melaleuca styphelioides Prickly-leaved Paperbark
  • Syzygium australe Brush Cherry
  • Syzygium paniculatum Magenta Lillypilly
  • Westringia fruticosa Coastal Rosemary

Many other local species would be suitable in windbreaks, screens and hedges. Some experimentation is now even occurring with formal hedges using Australian native plants but in general Australian natives are best suited to informal screens.

For more information on farm windbreaks and shelterbelts we recommend the Hunter Bushland Resource Kit, Hunter Catchment Management Trust, 2003, pp. 65-71.