Southern silky oak, silk oak or Australian silver oak. This is fast growing evergreen tree from Australia. Although it's common name is Oak it is only distantly related to our oaks, Quercus. They have been planted in southern Portugal for many years as an ornamental, for forestry and as windbreaks and as an urban street tree. They are extremely tolerant of soil type and require only seasonal rainfall to survive once established. Having said this, they often only reach 5 metres in unfavourable conditions, whereas they are known as a fast growing tree that will reach 30 metres in the right conditions. They flower profusely from September to November, the bright rusty orange colours dominate the crown. They shed much of their foliage just before flowering giving the impression of half flowers, half foliage, in the crown.
When first planted they can be susceptible to frosts so need some protection in the first years. After this they are frost hardy to - 8C . We would advise watering them in the first years in the hottest months. They can be a bit scruffy in their younger form so the sooner they mature the better. Give them plenty of room, pruning them later usually ruins the crown as the regrowth rarely follows the natural form of the tree.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.