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.
Golden Wattle. This popular evergreen tree has attractive, feathery blue-grey foliage that looks good all year round. In winter the whole tree is covered in bright yellow balls of bloom cheering up even the dullest day. Plant in well drained soil in a sunny spot. Tolerant of poor soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
Purple Leaf Wattle. A popular evergreen tree with attractive, feathery grey foliage that has smoky purple tones on the new growth. In winter the whole tree is covered in cheerful bright yellow balls of bloom. Plant in well drained soil in a sunny spot. Tolerant of poor soil. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3.5m
NZ's iconic native conifer. Slow growing but well worth the wait for the tree to mature into its stately form. When juvenile the foliage tends to have copper bronze tones but as the tree ages green is the more dominant colour. One to plant for your grand children! Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 6m x 2.5m
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. 7/10 yrs: 7m x 4m
The Mexican Alder is a quick growing evergreen or semi evergreen (in cold climates) tree with attractive serrated green leaves, grey bark and catkins. Perfect for wind-breaks, privacy or shelter. Easy to grow, trims well, timber can be used for fire-wood. Prefers sun and adequate moisture. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 8m x 3m
Current Stock Height: 90/110 cm ?
Container: pb12 ?
New stock arriving beginning of July, 2018. Pre-order now. Estimated price $39.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
A wonderful upright conifer with even tiers of branches around the central trunk. Quick growing and tolerant of coastal conditions where it will happily withstand salt laden winds. Not tolerant of harsh frost or wet feet. Will grow in a container. Looks good as a Christmas Tree. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 10m x 5m
This Australian native tree has large, yellow, brush like flowers laden with nectar that attract the birds and the bees. Tolerant of dry conditions and able to withstand salt-laden winds. Flowers in autumn-winter. Plant in the a well drained sunny spot with protection from harsh frost. Evergreen.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m
Indian Cedar. This Conifer will grow into a handsome majestic tree if allowed the space to mature. Upright and pyramidal in shape it has evenly spaced branches draped with blue-grey needles of foliage. The branches are slightly pendulous at the tips. Plant in the sun. Evergreen.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m
Current Stock Height: 90/100 cm ?
Container: pb40 ?
New stock arriving beginning of July, 2018. Pre-order now. Estimated price $64.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.
'Ellwood's Variegata' is a slow-growing, narrow columnar, evergreen conifer making a large shrub of compact habit. Foliage is rich green and handsomely flecked with gold. Wonderful contrast plant, great in rockeries or combined with maples. Prefers moist well drained soil that is slightly acid. Evergreen
Gold Splash is an attractive varietated conifer. It has blue green foliage that is richly splashed with golden yellow. The foliage colour intensifies over spring and summer. Excellent rockerie garden choice. Evergreen