Our tree expert Steve Griffiths has put together a list of the top 5 deciduous tree species to plant in Canberra gardens next winter that will add value to your property and make your neighbors smile. Tree removals can be expensive. Choosing the right tree can save you a lot of cost and heartache down the track.
1. Acer palmatum
There are many varieties and shapes of Acer palmatum to choose from, including small pot size cultivars. Japanese maple has beautiful autumn colours and delicate fern-like foliage. Sangokaku has coral red branches in winter. They prefer protection from wind and to be out of hot afternoon sun. Steve recommends the fastiagated shape (column) that makes an ideal screen in an area with limited space.
2. Malus floribunda
This tree (also known as the flowering crab apple) blossoms lots of flowers in late spring and red fruit in autumn. It is perfect for small gardens, large pots and courtyards. Steve loves the weeping variety.
3. Nyssa sylvatica
The Nyssa sylvatica is commonly referred to as a black or sour gum, but is actually not a gum tree. It is a lovely deciduous conical shaped tree which will bring form and beautiful colour to any garden. Black and sour gums are medium sized so ideal for Canberra backyards, but likes moist soil.
4. Prunus Serrulata
This tree is a Japanese Cherry with a beautiful lasting double flower blossom that allows the sun to come in during winter. It is deciduous, loves deep moist soils, and prefers to be sheltered from hot winds.
5. Betula pendula
Plant five of these trees close together in fastigiate or column form to create a little forest in your garden. They have beautiful white trunks with dappled light so you can plant bulbs underneath. There is also a weeping version of the Betula pendula. We recommend putting root barriers down with these trees.
TreeWorks can advise you on how to get your trees looking their best, increase the sunlight for winter, maximize growth for shade cover, or shape a tree to enhance its beauty. Stay tuned for our next post about what to look for when you are selecting a tree. TreeWorks is a fully licensed & insured tree removal company and a member of Arboriculture Australia. Our climbers are fully trained and some of our arborists have over 25 years experience in large scale tree surgery and removals. Call 1300 135 835 or contact us.