The Elegant Wilga: Geijera parviflora

This beautiful, weeping small tree is known as Wilga or Australian Willow and willowy it is, its long, narrow, pendulous leaves droop down creating a dense shade umbrella. Unfortunately this Australian native tree is used quite infrequently in gardens or urban horticulture, this is mainly due to availability issues but also as it is quite a slow growing species.

I have seen it only a handful of times planted in inner city Sydney as a street tree, I would dearly love to see it feature more often as a specimen tree in parks and gardens as its weeping habit is both striking and useful.

Geijera parviflora flowers from winter through to Summer with tiny perfumed flowers that are responsible for producing a delicious dark honey, its leaves can also be burnt to resell mosquitos.

As it originates from central NSW and QLD it is extremely drought hardy and makes a useful farm fodder tree.

However I mainly love it for the weeping branches and the way they move in the breeze, growing to only 8 or 9 metres tall and approximately 6 to 7 wide it will provide a nicely sized shade canopy for small to medium gardens. The thick crown also makes an excellent screening for privacy.

 

 

17 thoughts on “The Elegant Wilga: Geijera parviflora

  1. gardener on

    This is starting to be used as a street tree in Adelaide, all the specimens I have seen are still quite small. I haven’t seen it available for sale though.

  2. Kathy Hoare on

    These lovely trees are flourishing along both sides of Holthouse St Wilmington SA. You can see them on Google earth but they were young trees then and now much bigger. I’ve tried to buy them but unavailable. I’ve got some seeds to germinate but I’m hoping they don’t die when I repot. Most people say it’s hard to get seeds to germinate but so far I have 6 from 10 seeds.

  3. Kathy on

    I bought so called Wilga seeds on eBay but after they germinated and grew, they are definitely not Wilga seeds. The seller keeps advertising them on eBay !!

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Kathy,

      Are they a registered nursery grower? if so you could notify the Nursery Association NGIA.
      Have you also formally let the grower know?

      Best Wishes,

      Kath

    • Sue on

      Hi Kathy, I also bought these seeds but don’t know what they should look like when they sprout. Do you have a photo of a freshly sprouting wilga tree please ?

  4. Kathy on

    Hi Kath and Sue,
    Sorry! I only just saw your posts! I informed the seller about the seeds but to no avail. I read that eBay isn’t too concerned with false advertising as they get revenue from it! The seeds they sold as Geijera Parviflora (Wilga) are actually Golden rain tree seeds. I don’t want to grow these trees as they have lots of seed pods. I bought genuine Wilga seeds from Gardeners and Graziers website but they won’t be ready for a couple weeks.

  5. doug on

    would love to know witch supplier they are as i have just orderd some seeds on ebay hopefully not the same one cheers
    doug

    • john byatt on

      i boughtseeds from Gardners and graziers, sprouting now google

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Emma,

      Those photos were taken on Lewisham Street Dulwich Hill,

      Best Wishes,

      Kath

  6. Wilga trees also grow happily inside eucalypts. I have many of these Trees in Trees on my property in far Nth West NSW. See http://www.scartrees.com.au – go to the Trees in Trees archive and you can see many of these weird 2 headed trees.

    • Sophia Weigang on

      I have seen one of the Wilgas inside an eucalyptus tree here also & it looks amazing! This year a lot of Wilgas have germinated & many in my garden & they would take up more space than there is… Maybe lots of rain is the germination secret… Offered to a friend, but now he wants something else. Anyone who wants seeds,could try Nindethana seeds. I live in North Western NSW too.

  7. faith on

    hi can one of you tell me how to germinate these seeds?

    my club is trying to figure it out so we can plant some.

    faith

  8. faith on

    hi can one of you tell me how to germinate these seeds?

    my club is trying to figure it out so we can plant some.

    faith

  9. Paul on

    Hi I just found this site while searching for Wilga seedlings. We have three very large Wilgas that were part of a row of other trees planted by my grandfather to commemorate the end of WW2. I collected over 1k of seed one year and tried all sorts of things to get them to germinate. Nothing worked .
    I had been buying seedlings from the NSW Forestry Nursery at Wagga 25 years ago but the old guy that grew them for the nursery (now I’m in the old guy category) died and seems to have taken some of the secrets with him.
    I was told at some stage to collect everything Under the tree (some soil and whatever the tree has dropped ) and distribute it into a large player box and keep it watered I never go around to trying this .
    I wish I had planted more around our place .I have about 20 growing in various locations. Like many native their rate of growth is extremely varied.I have some that are 5m and sone 2m but all health looking .

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