Don’s Expert Answers: Tree recommendations

Question From:
Phoebe Richard in MERRIWA, MERRIWA New South Wales

Nature of problem:
Tree recommendations

Type of Plant (if known):

Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself):
No illness

Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type:
Mostly clay, bit sandy

How often do you water the plant:
Needs to be drought tolerant

How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
Full sun

How long since you planted it:

Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:

Is the plant indoors or outdoors:

Is the plant in a pot or in the ground:
In ground

What other treatments have you given the plant:

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Other Comments:
We have recently built a house in what was a paddock. It is a very exposed site and I want to plant some very fast growing evergreen trees for shade and to screen out the neighbours who are building overlooking our house. They need to have dense foliage for this. The trees will be in full sun, need to be frost tolerant, drought tolerant and we are on top of a windy hill. They closest trees will be around 4-5metres from our house so we need medium height trees – 5-8metres tall. We need to plant around 10 trees and I’d like to plant a variety of different types to add some interest. Can you provide some recommendations please?

Hi Phoebe, Your best bet is to get local knowledge about the best trees for your area. Walk around your area looking for a suitable tree and ask the home owners what it is. Only locals will know what plants do wellin your area: perhaps ask at the local nursery too. Don