Seaside Garden

Q. Kelly: I would like to plant a tree for shade in my seaside garden. What do you suggest?

A. First consider whether you would like an evergreen or deciduous tree. Deciduous trees allow the winter sun to penetrate the garden and are no messier than evergreen trees (contrary to popular belief!). The other point to consider is whether you are looking for a large single specimen tree or a copse (a group) of smaller trees that would achieve the same result?

Some suggestions are:

Specimen trees:

Ceratonia siliqua (carob tree)

Eucalyptus ficifolia (flowering gum)

Lagunaria patersonii (pyramid tree)

Melia azederach (white cedar)

Vitex lucens (puriri)

Specimen or copse trees:

Acacia podalyriifolia (Mount Morgan wattle)

Banksia integrifolia (coastal banksia)

Lagerstroemia indica (crepe myrtle)

Olea europaea (olive)

Quercus ilex (holm oak)

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