Charles Fraser (first superintendent of these Botanic Gardens: 1821-1831) collected plants of this species near Parramatta in 1822 and Toona ciliata has most probably been grown on this site since then.
Highly prized as a timber tree and harvested to such an extent that the trees became very rare. The timber is valued for quality furniture and house fittings.
Toona ciliata is a majestic tree but because of its great size is really only suitable for planting in large properties or parks. Young plants are best established in shady positions as those in the open have their terminal buds destroyed by the red cedar tip moth.
Tolerant of frost and will grow in most well-drained soils. Responds to light fertilizer applications, mulch and water in dry periods.
Commercial plantations of this tree are unsuccessful because of the red cedar tip moth. Growing the tree in temperate regions in shady locations is best as the tip moth is not as prevalent in these areas.
Not known to be weedy.
Currently available from the Growing Friends.