5+ ex­otic trees for coastal shel­ter

NZ Lifestyle Block - - In The Home Orchard - The best ones are: 1. 2.

Also sur­viv­ing well in this zone are some ex­otics which evolved in for­eign coastal en­vi­ron­ments. All these are truly coastal in less ex­treme ar­eas, but down here in the south they get burned off the nearer you get to the sea.

Banksia in­te­gri­fo­lia

Most pines, es­pe­cially P. ra­di­ata, P. Tor­reyana and Pi­nus pinea. 3. Grey and red alder ( Al­nus in­cana, Al­nus rubra) are as tough as old boots, but I would avoid black alder as it de­serves to be called a weed. 4. Ley­land cy­press ( Cu­pres­sus x ley­landii) and macro­carpa ( Cu­pres­sus macro­carpa) are good at sur­viv­ing salt wind - they may not grow straight enough for tim­ber, but will bush out nicely and form a solid wall many me­tres high. 5. Fei­joa ( Fei­joa sel­l­owiana), my favourite of all, and it will fruit on the down­wind side.

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