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Native gardening

Who is this page for?

This page is for Pittwater residents with Development Applications, and for any resident wishing to plant natives in their garden.

Native plant species lists have been prepared so that residents can learn more about the native vegetation of Pittwater and can plan their gardens to correspond with the natural vegetation that grows in their area.

Pittwater has many different vegetation communities, the following lists have been collated to correspond to your property location within the appropriate vegetation community. By using appropriate plants for your property, you will benefit from good survival rates and growth, as they are adapted to your local conditions.

Which natives are appropriate for your property?

Native Plants for your Garden booklet

Step 1. Find your area in the Native gardening booklet.  
Step 2. Locate your property
Step 3. Match the colour of your property to vegetation type to see a list of appropriate native plants to grow.

This booklet provides a broad selection of trees, shrubs, groundcovers and ferns for your garden.







Undesirable Species

The following species are commonly proposed on landscape plans and planted in gardens in Pittwater. They are not locally native and are known to be invasive within natural environments such as bushland, wetlands and dune systems. Our Bushland Management staff frequently report them as being increasingly problematic. We request that these species are not planted in Pittwater and if proposed on landscape plans, Council will request that the plans are to be amended and these species deleted.

  • Tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis anacardioides) - is no longer used by Council in its streetscape plantings.
  • Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepsis indica) - now a declared Noxious Weed.
  • Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
  • Pennisetum (all species, including Swamp Foxtail - Pennisetum alopecuroides)
  • Gazania (all species)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Canary Island Date Palm (Phoenix canariensis)
  • Arum Lillies (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
  • Agapanthus spp.

Updated: 18 Jul 2016