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Spring has Sprung

Spring is a great time of year, the days are getter warmer and longer, and here at Heritage Tree Care the tree planting crews are getting busier, with many of our clients taking advantage of this ideal time of year to plant new trees in their gardens and landscapes.


Now is the ideal time to plant new tree stock as active growth will aid with the establishment of the new plants, provided they are given the appropriate maintenance (that’s a topic for another blog!), but the big question is, what should I plant?


Selecting the right type of tree to plant in your garden or landscape can be a daunting process given the selection and variety of choices available in the market place, and ultimately personal preference and taste, and garden/landscape design will be fundamental to your final decision, but there are some basic considerations that need to be taken into account.


  • What is the end game? Consider what you want the new tree to do…..aesthetic feature tree, shade, screening/hedging, scale and structure, flowers, fruit, wildlife.
  • Do you want a native or an exotic?
  • Do you want a deciduous or evergreen tree?
  • How much space have you got?
  • How big does the tree get…at maturity?!


By focusing on these basic components, you can not only narrow your choices, but you can be confident that the tree you choose in the end will be suitable for the position, and purpose, that you are aiming for. Heritage Tree Care can assist with species selection to suit your specific landscape requirements but let’s go ahead and just get the ball rolling.


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Which is the Best Tree to Plant?

One of my favourite selections for an urban garden which performs really well in Brisbane is Elaeocarpus reticulatus ‘Prima Donna’, commonly referred to as Blueberry Ash. This small tree will make a great individual feature tree but will also perform exceptionally well as a screen or planted in a large hedge. So, here is what you need to know:


Blueberry Ash is a stunning native rainforest tree which can grow to around 9 metres tall with a spread of 5 metres, but more commonly in suburban gardens around Brisbane the tree will attain 4-5 metres in height with a spread of around 3 metres.  The evergreen foliage is often bronze when new turning to a dark glossy green. The tree flowers in spring to early summer with a show of ballerina like soft pink flowers hence the name ‘Prima Donna’ followed by a small blue fruit (like a blueberry!).


Ideal in full sun to light shade the tree prefers a free draining soil that is rich in organic matter and not over wet but once established is a hardy specimen that can tolerate light frosts, coastal exposure, tropical heat, is resistant to pollution and also has a high resistance to pests and diseases.


Blueberry Ash is a low maintenance tree that requires very little management but that can be pruned to create a screen or hedge, and which has non-invasive roots. But that’s not all, as a native the tree is great for attracting nectar and seed eating birds as well as butterflies and bees, all great additions to the environment! The only question now is when are Heritage Tree Care going to plant my ‘Prima Donna’ tree?




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For more great ideas about what to plant, or where to plant it this season, contact the team at Heritage Tree Care and we will be happy to discuss your tree planting project in more detail and help you establish the landscape you’ve always wanted.


Contact Us For More Information

For all your Tree Care needs, call Heritage Tree Care on 0737155444 or email sales@heritagetreecare.com.au for a free, no-obligation quote, our qualified Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees.  We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Toowoomba and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia.