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ACACIA melanoxylon - Australian Blackwood
A fast, attractive shelterbelt; also grown for coppice firewood (7 yrs) and high quality timber (30 - 35yrs). Works well with eucalypts in mixed shelterbelt. Tolerates wide range of sites from wet to dry, but will be slower in extremes than on well-drained loams where growth of 5m in 2.5 years is possible. Avoid very exposed positions. Spacing: shelter, 1.5m; firewood, 2 x 2m; timber, 3 x 3m with nurse-crop (such as eucalyptus) in alternate rows.
Evergreen - 10m x 6m

ACER pseudoplatanus Purpureum - Purple Sycamore Maple
Large tree with spreading habit, needing plenty of space. Fast-growing and hardy to cold and wind, including salt wind. Tolerates wet, dry and exposed sites. Large green maple-shaped leaves are purple underneath and turn to bronze and orange in autumn. Yellowish flowers in spring. Ideal shade tree.
Deciduous - 6m x 4m

ALBIZZIA julibrissin rosea - Silk Tree
Drought-hardy spreading shade tree with fern-like foliage and silky, fluffy pink flowers across the crown in summer. Regarded as one of the showiest of trees, especially when viewed from above. Train to desired height by trimming side branches when young. Takes normal to dry soils, including light, sandy soils.
Deciduous - 5m x 5m

ALNUS cordata - Italian Alder
Very fast-growing deciduous tree for shelter, shade, screens and firewood. Has smooth, heart-shaped leaves and horizontal branches to the ground, but can be 'limbed up' (bottom branches trimmed off) to make a nice avenue tree. Catkins and small woody cones hanging on bare branches add interest in winter. Takes more wind than the black alder, and tolerates dry to quite damp soils.
Deciduous - 12m x 8m
Available mid-June to late August

ALNUS glutinosa - Black Alder
Very fast-growing narrow pyramidal tree for shelter, shade, screens and firewood. Makes a dense screen from the ground up, but can be 'limbed up' (bottom branches trimmed off) to make a nice avenue tree. Has dark green rippled leaves, black bark and winter interest with catkins and small woody black cones hanging on the bare branches. Tolerates normal to very wet (including brackish) conditions.
Deciduous - 8m x 6m
Available mid-June to late August

ALNUS jorullensis - Evergreen Alder, Mexican Alder
Very fast-growing American alder with pale grey papery bark. Forms a wide pyramidal shaped tree. Root system is vigorous, so avoid planting beside paths, tennis courts etc. Ideal shade or screen tree (can be trimmed); also excellent for erosion control. Copes well with wet soils, but also grows in normal conditions. Not suited to very strong winds.
Evergreen - 10m x 6m

BEILSCHMIEDIA tarairi - Taraire
Attractive native forest giant that starts off upright and slender, but develops into a large, round headed tree, perfect for shade or as a specimen. Looks good in any native planting. Kereru (pigeons) eat the dark purple autumn fruit. Tough in the wind, takes normal soils. Frost tender when young.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m @ 10 years

BETULA nigra - River Birch
Rugged pyramidal quick-growing tree with diamond-shaped leaves, bright green on top and silvery underneath. Autumn leaves are golden yellow. Glossy, smooth pinkish brown young bark turns blackish with age, then peels off in large flaky curling sheets. Quite at home in soil which is wet in winter and dried out in summer. Eventually a big tree, so needs plenty of space.
Deciduous - 8m x 5m

CALLISTEMON John Mashlan - Pink Bottlebrush
Tough but pretty shrub, with masses of candyfloss pink flowers in spring and autumn. Birds love the flowers, especially tui. A very fast screen or filler; can be used as a formal clipped hedge (50cm to 70cm spacing), or as a low shelter (1m spacing). Tolerant of drought, wind and damp soils. Flowers better in full sun, and a light trim after flowering helps keep plant bushy.
Evergreen - 2m x 2m

CALLISTEMON Kings Park Special - Red Bottlebrush
Tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific bright-red flowers spring and early summer attract birds (especially tuis) and give a colourful display. Clipping occasionally will help maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge. Flowers best in full sun.
Evergreen - 3m x 3m

CALLISTEMON Mauve - Mauve Bottlebrush
A tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific mauve-pink flowers through summer attract the birds and give a colourful display. Occasional clipping helps maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge.
Evergreen - 2.5m x 2m

CALLISTEMON salignus - Willow Bottlebrush, Pink Tips
Tall shrub with graceful weeping form, white papery bark, distinctive coppery-pink new shoots and creamy yellow flowers in summer. Birds love the nectar. A good hardy clipped hedge, shelter or screen. Very fast. Also makes a good shade tree. Tolerant of drought, wind, coastal conditions and damp soils. Pruning helps keep plant bushy
Evergreen - 5m x 4m

CASUARINA cunninghamiana - River Sheoke
A very fast, tough Australian tree, commonly used for shelterbelts; will trim to whatever size is required. Favoured by orchardists because it tends not to harbour pests and diseases, and is less dense than other evergreens, allowing free circulation of air. Excellent for erosion control and makes good, hot-burning firewood. Takes strong winds and dry to damp conditions.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m

CEDRUS atlantica - Atlas Cedar
Native to Algeria, this large-growing conifer has a distinctly pyramidal form when young, broadening in maturity. Tufts of green, short needles clothe almost horizontal branches, which ascend slightly at the tips. Drought and exposure tolerant; mulch to smother competing grass and retain moisture. Needs plenty of space.
Evergreen - 12m x 6m

CEDRUS deodara - Indian Cedar, Himalayan Cedar
Large conifer of beautiful pyramidal form, with attractive blue-grey foliage and branches gracefully pendulous at the tips. A lovely ornamental tree, needing plenty of space. Often used in the South Island as a dry country shelter tree. Drought and exposure tolerant; mulch to smother competing grass and retain moisture.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m

CRYPTOMERIA japonica - Japanese Cedar
Hardy conifer, makes excellent shelter or timber. Fast-growing, will stand strong winds, including some salt winds, and gives best results in good soils. Avoid wet sites. Responds well to trimming, and is often seen trimmed to as little as half a metre wide. Spacing: 1.5m for shelter, 1m for smaller hedges. Note: it is normal for plants to "brown off" after planting.
Evergreen - 8m x 5m

CUPRESSUS lusitanica - Mexican Cypress
Very useful cypress for shelter, timber, firewood & small clipped hedges. Dense, hardy and fast-growing, with a higher resistance to canker than macrocarpa or Leyland Cypress. Best suited to mild climates, away from strong coastal salt winds or extreme exposure. Thrives on fertile soil with summer moisture, but avoid wet sites. Spacing: shelter 1.5m, small hedge, 1m, timber 3x3m, firewood, 2x2m.
Evergreen - 8m+ x 5m

EUCALYPTUS Baby Blue
Small-growing gum with blue-grey leaves, ideal for mixed borders, giving a good contrast with other colours, especially reds and bronzes. Foliage is often used in floral work and is suited to commercial production. Drought tolerant when established. Protect from frost when young.
Evergreen - 3m x 2m

EUCALYPTUS botryoides - Southern Mahogany
Very fast, large shelter, firewood and hardwood timber tree. Coppices well: i.e. when cut off at knee height, new growth shoots from stump. Can be first harvested for firewood at approx 5 years. Bark is thick and brown on the lower trunk and limbs, then smooth further up. Takes dry to swampy soils. Salt wind tolerant, and will grow well in hollows in sand dune country. Spacing: Shelter/firewood, 2m; timber, 3m.
Evergreen - 20+m x 10m

EUCALYPTUS cinerea - Silver Dollar Gum
A tough, attractive, quick-growing shade tree for the paddocks, or for use in mixed plantings with deciduous trees, where the silver-blue leaves mix well with autumn reds and oranges. Foliage is often used in floral work. Tolerant of most conditions except wet soils; frost-hardy.
Evergreen - 10m x 8m

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