trees yard size approx. 160 sq. metres require an
evergreen shade tree, something that won't grow too high, but gives
Antill, one of our landscaping experts suggests: Almost all NZ natives
are evergreen. Titoki, karaka, Taraire, etc, make small-to-medium
canopies and are very dense. Lighter shade is obtained with Kowhai,
and the flowers are lovely, of course. (Ever seen tuis getting smashed
on the nectar? It's a laugh a minute!).
Exotic evergreens such
as Brazilian Pepper tree (Schinus terebinthifolius) or the
more common Schinus molle both form umbrella canopies
and grow very fast in their early years; you can easily prune them
to shape. The latter has really gnarly bark and branch shapes. They're
a bit frost tender, so if you're far south of Auckland, think again.
Photinia glabra has been popular for a long time; though
less often planted now, I think it has a lot to offer.
The main thing to ask
for is something that forms an umbrella canopy, rather than a tall,
But as a landscaper,
I have to ask why evergreen? There is a strong argument for shade
in the summer and warm sunshine in the winter: that means deciduous!