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Native Species Planting Guide

The Native Species Planting Guide (NSPG) is an online interactive resource produced to assist home owners, land holders and professionals to prepare locally occurring native species planting lists for projects ranging from landscape-scale restoration to back garden planting.

To complement this online resource a companion booklet has also been produced, My Local Native Garden Booklet (6.06mB PDF) : A planting guide to promote biodiversity in Tweed Shire.

The NSPG contains more than 1,550 species and provides a range of information about each species including:

  • An image of the plant.
  • A range of physical and ecological attributes are assigned to each species including:
    • height; growth rate; flower colour;
    • tolerance to environmental factors including cold, wind, water inundation and salt;
    • ecological relationships such as feed source, bird and butterfly attraction or susceptibility to Myrtle Rust;
    • occurrence by soil type and landscape position;
    • conservation status and potential availability through nurseries.
  • Identification of species by stratum (canopy, emergent, understorey, etc.) and their likely prevalence within specific mapped vegetation communities.

The original data was compiled in a spreadsheet format in 2015 by Wildsite Ecological Services, Rivendell Botanical Services and Lucinda Cox Graphic Design with input from local botanists, Council staff, local nursery operators, and others for the NSW Environmental Trust funded Tweed Byron Bush Futures Project. It will remain available for download from this page.

The NSPG 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 Project Officer - Biodiversity, Michael Corke, on (02) 6670 2400 or

Myrtle Rust

Myrtle Rust is not a notifiable plant disease anymore and falls under different legislation.

Further information is available at or by downloading the following fact sheet:

Tweed Shire Council Nursery

Notice to advise that Tweed Shire Council's Nursery discontinued the sale of plants to the public as of 1 July 2017.

The role of the Tweed Shire Council nursery is to source and supply all plants used throughout the Tweed's many parks, gardens and reserves as well as street scaping and revegetation projects.

With sustainability as the main focus, nursery staff propagates a variety of native species from locally collected seed contributing to the majority of native species planted each year within the Tweed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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