Athertonia diversifolia – Atherton Oak

The beautiful, large glossy foliage is the most striking feature of this Australian rainforest tree. It can be used as a feature tree for parks and larger landscaping areas or as a striking foliage plant (you can also use the long lasting foliage as backing for flower arrangements) in a large container for a balcony or courtyard. Another interesting feature is that it is a relative of the Macadamia nut and has a large edible kernel in the fruit in spring. It is a low maintenance plant once established. It comes from Queensland and naturally grows on deep volcanic soils, so grows best in soil rich in organic matter and with regular water and feeding.

Family : Proteaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree
Width : 5
Flowering Time : Autumn
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible, Cut flower, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Scientific Name: Athertonia diversifolia
Common Name : Atherton Oak
Height : 10
Flower Color : Brown
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Indoor, Container growing
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Nectar eating birds