The best trees to help attract butterflies
DO YOU want to attract butterflies to your yard?
The tropical Whitsunday climate provides great living conditions for many different butterflies.
Most butterflies can be found close to their food source, so it is recommended that gardeners plant trees and plants that will attract your desired species.
There are two varieties of trees in particular that are great for attracting a range of different butterflies, including the magnificent Ulysses butterfly.
Both tree species are native to the Australian rainforest, and grow well in semi-shade and full sun.
The smaller variety is the little evodiella.
These trees grow to about 6m and have bright pink flowers growing from their branches, rather than the leaf ends.
The larger variety is the elleryana and can grow up to 25m tall. They also produce pink flowers stemming from the trunk and branches.
These trees are one of the main sources of food for the Ulysses butterfly.
This beautiful, electric blue butterfly is a favourite in north Queensland, and the elleryana is an important food source.
Both these tree species are great back or front yard trees.
They have about a 4m spread, but can be planted in narrow areas and will grow accordingly.
Some of their other qualities in addition to attracting butterflies include their beautiful and unique flowers that do not attract bugs.
They are also native to the area, so reasonably easy to grow.
If you do plant trees to attract butterflies, it is important that you become familiar with what the caterpillars look like.
Caterpillars or larvae may be mistakenly thought of as pests and destroyed by unknowing gardeners in an attempt to keep them from other plants.
Drop into Plants Plus Plants Whitsunday on Shute Harbour Road for more information about what to plant to attract butterflies to your backyard.