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Wallaby-proof Plants

Wallabies are the bane of many Tasmanian bush gardens, but there are clearly preferences in what they eat. Wallaby tastes probably differ from place-to-place, and will change over time. Young plants are more likely to be susceptible to grazing, as will any new growth. Unfortunately we can make no guarantees that the plants listed below are wallaby-proof, but the plants listed are more likely not to be grazed. We would welcome any comments or suggestions to add to the list. Note that it is still advisable to protect plants when they are young. Greater grazing pressure will undoubtedly occur during periods of low food availability in the bush.

Unpalability to wallabies and possums stems from a few different sources - chemical, for example plants that produce strong-smelling (and presumably foul-tasting to wallabies) oils such as tea-trees; physical (spiny leaves, stem spines, furry leaves, e.g. Acacia verticillata/Prickly Moses) and biological (there must be plants out there that that produce toxins that give wallabies the runs, if that is possible). Each plant is trying to protect itself however it can.

Members of the following Tasmanian genera appear to be more resistant to grazing:

Acacia
Anopterus
Baeckea
Banksia
Callistemon
Coprosma
Daviesea
Dianella (especially D. tasmanica)
Eucryphia
Goodia
Grevillea
Hakea
Hibbertia
Indigofera
Kunzea
Lasiopetalum
Lepidosperma
Leptospermum
Lomandra
Melaleuca
Micrantheum
Myoporum
Nematolepis
Philotheca
Poa
Pomaderris
Prostanthera
Pultenaea
Scleranthus
Spyridium
Stylidium
Veronica
Westringia
Zieria

All ferns appear to be OK as well.

Steer well clear of Correas, lilies and daisies in particular.

The following list are some of the species that have been found to be resistant to wallabies in the gardens of the nursery's staff. Click on the species name to go to the main listing.

Acacia axillaris     Midlands Wattle
Acacia terminalis     Sunshine Wattle
Acacia mucronata     Mountain Cascade
Anopterus glandulosus     Native Laurel
Asterotrichion discolor     Native Hemp
Bellendena montana     Mountain Rocket
Boronia anemonifolia     Sticky Boronia
Boronia citriodora     Lemon Scented Boronia
Calytrix tetragona     Common Fringe-myrtle
Coprosma quadrifida     Prickly Currant Bush
Dianella tasmanica     Tasman Flax Lily
Dicksonia antarctica     Man Fern
Eucryphia lucida     Leatherwood
Goodia lotifolia     Golden Tip
Grevillea australis     Southern Grevillea
Indigofera australis     Native Indigo
Lasiopetalum baueri     Slender Velvet Bush
Lasiopetalum macrophyllum     Shrubby Velvet Bush
Lasiopetalum micranthum     Spreading Velvet Bush
Leptospermum spp.     Prostrate Leptospermum forms
Lomandra longifolia     Sagg
Micrantheum serpentinum     Serpentine Micrantheum
Nematolepis squamea     Small-leaved Satinwood
Philotheca verrucosa     Fairy Wax Flower
Poa labillardierei     Silver Tussock-grass
Poa mollis     Soft Tussock-grass
Poa sieberiana     Grey Tussock-grass
Poa clivicola      Fineleaf Snow Grass
Prostanthera lasianthos      Christmas Bush
Prostanthera rotundifolia      Round-leaved Mint Bush
Pultenaea daphnoides     Large-leaved Bush Pea
Pultenaea pedunculata     Matted Bush Pea
Richea dracophylla     Dragon-leaf Richea
Scleranthus biflorus     Cushion Plant
Spyridium lawrencei     Small-leaf Dusty-miller
Spyridium parvifolium     Dusty Miller
Spyridium vexilliferum     Propeller Plant
Veronica formosa     Speedwell Bush
Zieria littoralis     Downy Zieria

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