Trees are the ‘lungs of the world’. We owe our very existence to the fact that they produce the oxygen so vital to life. They are also the creators of great beauty and stature, standing proud in the landscape and adorning the earth with majesty - like Queens. And beyond that, they are the most important plants in any garden, creating the form and structure that are permanent and long-lasting.
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Evergreen Trees provide shade, shelter, privacy and atmosphere. They assist in the creation of a micro-climate in your garden, protecting whatever has been underplanted. Some trees are valued for their flowers in season, but these are not the prime consideration when selecting a tree for use in the garden design: elegance of habit, attractive foliage, shape and suitability for the position are more important.
Trees must be carefully selected for size and habit. So often, trees have to be removed because they outgrew their garden space. For small gardens, choose smaller growing trees so that they fill but do not cramp the space that has been allotted to them. For larger gardens, go wild and plant a forest of giants!
When selecting trees for the garden, consider the following questions:
How high do the branches grow?
Can you walk underneath the tree or do the branches droop to the ground?
Does the foliage have a sparse habit – allowing some filtered sunlight through or is it dense, and therefore dark underneath?
What is the full grown height, width, architectural form and shape of the tree?
What are the tolerance factors of moisture, heat, cold, drought, pH, salinity, space and light?
Know what you want and then set out to tick all the boxes to ensure that you select the right tree. And when in doubt, seek us out and we shall help you to make the right decision.
Outstanding NZ native that forms a handsome spreading tree. Large, glossy, light green dissected foliage. Sprays of rusty red woolly flowers appear in summer followed by scarlet berries with jet black seeds. Will grow in quite exposed conditions but protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Brown Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 4m
Alectryon Excelsus - Titoki
Current Stock Height: 120
Container: 6l ?
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An unusual 'Palm' with a fat swollen base that increases with age. This base is topped off with a mop of branched green foliage that curves backwards reminiscent of a pony tail. Can be grown outdoors but must be protected from all frost. Good drainage is also essential. Evergreen.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Flowering Gum. Handsome, single trunk, round headed tree with stringy reddish-brown bark. Glossy leaves with a red rib that are a deep grey-green. In summer spectacular flowers are displayed well above the foliage. Likes the sun and protection from frost especially when young. Est.10yr.growth.
The flower colour can range from brightest red, orange, pink or white on seedling grown trees. No matter what the colour this is a very showy tree.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m
Current Stock Height: 130/160cm ?
Container: 3l ?
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Container: pb8 ?
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The Australian Frangipani is a fast growing slender tree with glossy, dark green, pointed foliage. In spring and summer the tree is smothered with dainty, highly fragrant creamy-yellow flowers. Needs a sheltered site in full sun with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
If you look at the flowers of this tree carefully you will see that it is closely related to our native Pittosporum - in fact they are in the same plant family - CER in action!
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 3m
Native. Pohutakawa or NZ Christmas Tree. A selected form of our favourite summer tree that has flowers made up of clusters of red stamens that brighten up the green leathery foliage. Happy in a well drained sunny spot with protection from harsh frost especially when young. Excellent as a potted Xmas tree. Evergreen.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2.5m
Port Wine Magnolia. The dark wine-red blooms of this adaptable evergreen shrub are a little shy, hiding amongst the glossy green foliage. You'll definitely know they're there when you become intoxicated by the powerful fruity fragrance. Plant in sun or part shade with acid soil for best results.
A top choice for a well-behaved and fragrant hedge.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
This is a fabulous landscaping conifer that can be used to add an architectural accent or punctuation point in the garden. Also looks wonderful marching along in a row. Fresh green well behaved foliage all year round. Natural upright slender habit. We just love it and recommend it highly. Makes an interesting xmas tree option too. Evergreen.
As the name of this wonderful conifer is a little hard to say it may help to know that it actually relates to the colour of the foliage i.e. it means emerald green in Danish
Colour: Assorted Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1m