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!
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH