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EUCALYPTUS citriodora - Lemon Scented Gum
A magnificent tall gum for lining drives or planting in groves, with long, straight, smooth white trunk, white branches and airy, open crown. Leaves are lemon-scented. Protect from frost when young; otherwise a hardy, fast-growing tree, which can be used for timber. Happy in normal to dry soils. If attacked by insects in juvenile stage, spray with insecticide in summer.
Evergreen - 15 - 20m x 7m

EUCALYPTUS ficifolia - Red Flowering Gum
Handsome, very fast-growing ornamental, usually a single trunked, round-headed tree, with spectacular flowers in summer. Although predominantly reds, colour on these seedling grown ficifolias can range through cream, orange, pink and deep red. Drought tolerant when established and coastal tolerant. Protect from frost when young. Flowers from early age.
Evergreen - 6-10m x 5m

EUCALYPTUS leucoxylon Rosea - Winter Flowering Gum
A quick-growing ornamental gum - great in a big garden with space, or out in the paddock as a shade tree. Tui and native bellbirds enjoy the honey-bearing flowers late autumn/winter. Flower colour on these seedling grown trees varies from pink to deep red. Wind tolerant and hardy to heavy frosts; avoid wet sites.
Evergreen - 8m x 6m

EUCALYPTUS nicholli - Peppermint Gum
Very attractive ornamental gum with weeping branches and fine textured bluish-green foliage, which smells of peppermint when crushed. Tiny white inconspicuous flowers attract birds. Grows in moist (not wet) soils and withstands drought and frost. Excellent shade tree.
Evergreen - 10+m x 6m

EUCALYPTUS nitens - Shining Gum
Tall, very hardy, exceptionally fast gum with excellent tolerance to humidity, frost, and dry to moist soils, but not prolonged waterlogging. A good species for firewood as it coppices well (resprouts after cutting); also used for very fast shelter (5m in two years on fertile sites) and pulpwood. Smooth, pale bark. Leaves become narrower as tree matures.
Evergreen - 25m x 10m

EUCALYPTUS ovata - Swamp Gum
Has little value as a timber tree, but is a strongly coppicing firewood tree, i.e. when cut off at knee height, new growth shoots from stump. Can be harvested at approx 5 years, and will continue to regrow over several rotations. Bark is rough and flaky over the lower trunk but is smooth tan or grey further up. Very useful for waterlogged sites, including those which are mildly saline. Firewood spacing: 2m x 2m.
Evergreen - 20+m x 10m

FRAXINUS oxycarpa Raywoodii - Claret Ash
Elegant but hardy large tree with feathery bright green leaves turning deep claret in autumn, and picturesque bare winter branch structure. An excellent choice as a drive liner, shade tree or lawn specimen. Grows quickly in dry to quite poorly drained soils and withstands a reasonable amount of wind.
Deciduous - 8m x 5m

MAGNOLIA grandiflora Ferruginea
A sturdy, selected form of the parent M. grandiflora, with rust-coloured heavily felted undersides to thick glossy leaves, and big, fragrant creamy-white flowers in summer. Use as paddock tree, lawn specimen or drive liner at 5 - 10m spacing. Virtually pest-free and no-fuss, coping with dry to damp soils and wind. Trims readily to any desired size or shape.
Evergreen - 7m x 5m

MAGNOLIA grandiflora Little Gem
Compact, pyramidal shaped tree with large shiny leaves and lots of big, creamy summer flowers from an early age. Grows in most soils; hardy to frost and most wind. Although called 'Little Gem' this cultivar is still a big growing tree, some specimens reaching 8m in 10 years. Flowers are smaller than those of the species grandiflora. Ideal specimen or drive liner, at 5 to 10m spacing.
Evergreen - 5-8m x 4m

METASEQUOIA glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood
A very fast-growing, very tall Chinese tree, similar in appearance to the Californian redwood, but differing in that it loses its leaves. Soft, ferny green foliage changes in autumn to golden-brown with pink and apricot tints. Dislikes very wet or very dry soils, but handles slightly moist sites. Allow plenty of space, as this becomes a very tall tree.
Deciduous - 12m x 6m @ 10 years

METROSIDEROS excelsa - Pohutukawa, NZ Christmas Tree
Large spreading tree with tough, leathery dark green leaves and masses of dark crimson flowers from December through mid-summer. Perfect in many landscaping situations where space permits and an obvious choice for coastal planting (takes very heavy wind and salt spray). Grows well in any soil except wet, including steep and/or rocky or sandy sites. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m @ 10 years

METROSIDEROS excelsa Scarlet Pimpernel - Pohutukawa
A slow-growing, smaller cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, with a rounded shape and masses of brilliant scarlet flowers for a long period over summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen. Tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 5m x 3.5m

METROSIDEROS excelsa Vibrance - Pohutukawa
A beautiful cultivar of the NZ pohutukawa tree, growing short and wide, with large, bright scarlet flowers in summer. Excellent as a specimen, hedge or screen, or for added interest in a mixed planting. Slowish growing; tolerates strong coastal winds and most soils except wet. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 4m x 3m

PINUS radiata - Pine Tree
Pine trees will grow almost anywhere, handling extreme winds, dryness and some moisture (but not swampiness). Growth is fast; expect at least 1m a year, once established. If tended pines produce good timber. Initial spacing for timber is 3m x 3m. If planting for shelter, space at 1 - 2m and trim the sides yearly to maintain denseness. Trimmed 2 or 3 times a year they make a fantastic thick hedge.
Evergreen - 8m+ x 5m

PLAGIANTHUS regius - Ribbonwood
A reasonably quick-growing native with very distinctive juvenile and adult forms. Juvenile trees have dainty leaves on interlacing branchlets and a slim upright habit for 5 to 7 years. Adult form is similar to lacebark, with strongly upright growth, bigger leaves and masses of cream-green flowers. Can be kept in juvenile form by removing upright growth as it appears. Copes with strong winds and damp soils.
Semi-deciduous - 5m x 4m

Fast-growing, large, round-headed tree with big maple-like leaves, burr-like fruit and smooth cream/grey bark which peels off in flakes. A first choice for lawn or paddock specimens, or for lining drives. Survives in extremes of poor soil, limited or excess moisture and sealed roots, hence its wide use as a city street tree. Can be pollarded (cut back) severely, but if growing to full size, allow plenty of space.
Deciduous - 7m x 5m @ 10years

PODOCARPUS totara - Totara
One of NZ's forest giants, totara can be more shrub-like when young. Planted in the open, it is often densely branched and pyramidal in shape, and staking is required to keep it going up straight. If growing on the forest floor, totara will head for the sunlight and stay straight. Foliage can be bronze to green. Hardy to wind and frost and will tolerate damp soils and coastal conditions.
Evergreen - 6m x 4m @ 10 years

POPULUS euramericana x nigra Crows Nest
Has narrow columnar form similar to the traditional tall, slim Lombardy poplar, but is much more resistant to the rust which damages Lombardy poplar in the Auckland area and north. Fast growing, tolerant of damp to dry conditions, good wind resistance. Great yellow autumn colour. Excellent shelterbelt or avenue planting. Spacing: 2m for shelter, 4m+ for avenue.
Deciduous - 20m x 2.5m
Available mid-June to late August

POPULUS alba x glandulosa Yeogi 1 - Silver Poplar
Very vigorous poplar with silver leaves and a better tolerance to dry, hillier country and wind (including salt wind) than most of the other poplars. Quickly forms a large tree, ideal as a drive liner, paddock specimen, shelter, screen or coppicing firewood. Often used for hillside erosion control. Produces suckers.
Deciduous - 10m+ x 5m+
Available mid-June to late August

POPULUS deltoides x yunnan Kawa
Large growing tree, bred from the Chinese poplar, but faster and better formed, making it a good choice for timber. Also excellent as drive liner, shelter, screen, shade tree, coppicing firewood, fodder source or erosion control. Large heart-shaped mid-green leaves change to bright gold in May/June. Tough and hardy, but performs best in a gully situation, out of strong prevailing winds and on damper soils.
Deciduous - 10m+ x 5m+
Available mid-June to late August

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