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Native Species Planting Guide

A Native Species Planting Guide has been prepared for Tweed and Byron Shires to inform the selection of species for use in projects ranging in size from landscape-scale restoration plantings to suburban back garden planting.

The guide was developed by Wildsite Ecological Services, Rivendell Botanical Services and Lucinda Cox Graphic Design for the NSW Environmental Trust funded Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project. Input was also provided by local botanists, Council staff, local nursery operators, bush regenerators and ecologists.

The guide contains more than 1,580 species and provides a range of information including identification of species by stratum (canopy, emergent, understorey, etc) within specific mapped vegetation communities, consideration of site constraints and conditions, and the likely prevalence of each species.

A range of physical and ecological attributes are assigned to each species including:

  • typical and maximum height;
  • growth rates;
  • tolerance to environmental factors including cold, wind, water inundation and salt;
  • their ecological relationships including as feed for fauna, birds, and butterflies or susceptibility to Myrtle Rust;
  • their occurrence by soil types and position in the landscape; and
  • their conservation status and potential availability through nurseries.
The Guide consists of a Native Species List in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, a Methods Report that outlines how each field in the spreadsheet was populated and a Users Guide to assist those who are unfamiliar with using spreadsheets. These documents are available for download at the top-right of this page.

The Guide will remain a 'work in progress' and feedback from users is encouraged; any perceived errors or omissions or any problems encountered with its use can be conveyed to Council's Bushland Officer John Turnbull on 02 6670 2732 or

Myrtle Rust

While myrtle rust remains a notifiable pest under the Plant Diseases Act only new host plant species and detections in previously uninfected areas of NSW need to be referred to the Department of Primary Industries.
All of Tweed Shire is known to be affected so only new plant species infections need to be reported. Council's Bushland Officer can provide feedback in regard to the species known to be affected.

Further information is available at:

or by downloading the following fact sheet:

How can we stop the spread of Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is a notifiable pest under the Plant Disease Act (1924), anyone identifying the disease should:
  • Report any suspected detection to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 within 24 hours.
  • Never move suspected contaminated or infested material unless directed by an officer of the NSW Government.
  • Always practice good hygiene when working with native plants and general nursery stock. Clean equipment like containers and secateurs after use.
Last Updated: 05 July 2017