Choosing the Perfect Tree to Plant in Brisbane and Beyond

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Educating the Next Generation in Tree and Plant Health Care in Brisbane and Beyond.
March 27, 2017
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Reasons to Plant a Tree

The type of tree you choose to plant in your garden or commercial outside space is a very important decision and should be carefully considered.  When someone visits your home or commercial property, making a favourable first impression is desired and finding the perfect tree to produce the wow factor can only be a good thing. Think about the reason you want to plant the tree in your decision-making process- is it for shade? Privacy? For sentimental reasons?  To hide a less than pretty view?


Which tree type?

There are many types of trees to plant and so many variables to contemplate. The three main considerations are-  will it look good; will it grow well in the environment and will it have a good structure? If the correct tree for the space available is planted and it is well cared for, it will last a lifetime.


Soil Conditions

Some species of trees will thrive in certain soil conditions, some need plenty of room, sunshine and some more moisture.  The expected size of root plate is also an important factor to consider as Fig Trees (Ficuscarica) for example can spread their roots over a large distance; this can diversely affect underground pipes and utilities and even the foundations. Read this blog on roots to find out about the adverse effect they can have on your property and how you can solve the problem without damaging the trees.



Another important factor to consider when choosing a tree to plant is the climate.  A Palm tree is unlikely to survive in the area which has harsh winters or a Willow tree would not last long in an area with very little moisture as it thrives in more wet conditions.   Consider the climate when you decide whereabouts where you plant – will they provide shade during the summer months or serve as windbreaks during the colder winter months?


Size of Tree Site

It is imperative to consider what size the tree will grow to- how large will your sapling be in 30 or 40 years’ time? If you have a large area would a small tree or bush be lost or look out of place? As well as spreading underground; a healthy tree’s canopy can extend quite a distance so it is important to think about other physical features around it.  Are there overhead power lines, utility lines, buildings, pavements in close proximity?


Characteristics of the tree

Before deciding on a type of tree to plant, think about their typical characteristics.  Some trees have thorns which make them unsuitable for homes with small children.  Sweet Gum trees, for example, have spiked balls which could cause injury.  Fruit trees could provide an ample bounty of delicious fruit, it is just a matter of working out which tree would thrive in the conditions provided.  Some trees provide beautiful blooms at certain times of the year which are wonderful to look at but can also create extra work to tidy up the garden or outside space.


Arborist Advice

If you have any doubts about what kind of tree to plant in your garden or outside space, think about using a qualified and experienced Arborist to advise you.  With their knowledge of trees species and soil conditions, they will be able to tell you exactly what tree would thrive and look good in the available space.

For a professional advice and expertise on tree selection and planting, call our Heritage Tree Care experts on 0737155444 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.