Trees for ev­ery gar­den

No mat­ter the size of your gar­den, a tree will al­ways add value to your prop­erty. Our gar­den ex­perts choose their favourites...

Home (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Beatrice Moore-Nöth­nagel Pho­to­graphs Deryck van Steen­deren, Kosie Jansen van Rens­burg, Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster and Alice Not­ten of Kirsten­bosch Na­tional Botan­i­cal Gar­dens

Trees pro­vide lovely shade and green­ery and eas­ily cre­ate a strik­ing fo­cal point. They are also great for the environment. Did you know that a ma­ture canopy tree ab­sorbs enough car­bon and re­leases enough oxy­gen to sus­tain two hu­man be­ings?

How­ever, trees live long and it’s im­por­tant to se­lect the right one for the right space to avoid leav­ing the next gen­er­a­tion with prob­lems. Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist Pi­et­man Diener of Stel­len­bosch says size is not a sim­ple con­cept. “A tree that will grow into a medium tree in one gar­den might grow into a rather large tree in an­other gar­den,” he ex­plains. “It all de­pends on the cli­mate, el­e­ments such as the wind, and the type of soil and amount of wa­ter given.”

It’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that a small-grow­ing tree will present less com­pe­ti­tion to other plants when it comes to wa­ter, soil, air and light and will also cause fewer prob­lems in terms of walls and pipes.

If you want your tree to grow big, you need to give it the space to do so.

Some large trees have beau­ti­ful shapes and work well as fo­cal points, while others can be planted close to­gether to cre­ate a screen for sun, wind or build­ings, ad­vises Pi­et­man. “You can plant a large-grow­ing tree in a small gar­den; with ex­tra at­ten­tion given to prun­ing, it won’t com­pete too much with other plants.” >>

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