Australian Natives

Correa ‘Catie Bec’

Correas are gorgeous Australian native shrubs that have captured the eye of clever plant breeders over recent years. Sometimes called ‘native fuchsias’, they have bell shaped flowers that now come in some really lovely colours, including bright and delicate pink, orange, pale green and white.

Correa ‘Catie Bec’, delightfully named for one of the granddaughters from Bywong Nursery, has pink bell flowers that appear for many months from autumn to spring. ‘Catie Bec’ is a hardy shrub that grows to around 1 m tall and 1.5 m wide. It’s suitable for a wide range of soil types and will tolerate both coastal and inland climates. Nectar feeding birds love correas, so ‘Catie Bec’ is definitely a plant to include in your garden if you love attracting feathered friends. It does best in a sunny or partly shaded spot with well-drained soil. It also makes a fantastic container plant. It can be trimmed back lightly after flowering.

Correas can be fed each spring and autumn with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. It’s perfect for native plants, releasing organic nutrients slowly to help promote healthy growth and lots of flowers.

Scale on native frangipani

Scale insects have been busy this year, attacking a multitude of plants including citrus trees, shrubs like gardenia and also native plants, including the native frangipani, Hymenopsporum flavum. This beautiful native rainforest tree is widely grown in home gardens in warm to temperate areas, producing masses of sweetly scented white and yellow flowers.

Scale insects can infest both the stems and foliage of native frangipani. This can lead to yellowing leaves and the development of sooty mould, which is a black, ash like layer that grows on the sweet honeydew that sap sucking scale insects excrete and can cover stems and leaves. Scale can significantly affect the health of the tree, leaving it looking absolutely miserable.

Scale insects can be effectively controlled with an oil based spray like PestOil®. Cover as much of the native frangipani as possible (a step ladder might come in handy if the tree is large – be careful up there!), ensuring stems and both upper and lower leaf surfaces are covered. Several sprays a few weeks apart may be required and dead scale can remain on the plant for a few weeks after spraying.


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