ARBOR WEEK | Trees for small spaces

Published on September 6th 2019
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Celebrate Arbor week with us by planting a tree!
Space is one of the most important things to consider when planting a tree as this can either lead to a long and happy life for the tree or perhaps and early death warrant.
It is important to start with what you want out of the specific space in your garden where you plan to plant the tree. Would you like something more ornamental covered with beautiful blooms or rather something a bit more functional that will provide shade? Furthermore, it is very important to consider the area in which you reside and to take the environmental factors into consideration like wind or frost. At the end of the day, the most important thing when choosing a tree for a smaller space is to know as much about the attributes of the tree as possible. Height, spread, root system, deciduous or evergreen all play a factor in the decision. This is a short list to get you going with the decision of which tree to choose for your small garden.
Clausena anisata | Horsewood
A tree that might surprise you upon crushing its leaves! Small, neat and attractive little tree for a small space with the added benefit of attracting birds.
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Haleria lucida | Tree fuchsia
With its tubular flowers gushing with rich nectar, and it's fleshy edible berries, this indigenous evergreen tree is sure to attract wildlife to your garden. It is also one of the few trees that bears its flowers on the main trunk.
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Leucosidea sericea | Ou hout
This small and dense evergreen tree has the most fascinating bark and serrated leaves. It is a fast growing tree and can well withstand frost. If you are looking for an interesting focal point, this one's for you.
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Citrus × latifolia | Bearss lime
If you're a G&T fan, this one is for you! Lush green leaves throughout the year whilst keeping the bees happy and your G&T tasting zesty.
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Xylotheca kraussiana | African dog rose
The most beautiful tree one can ever have with dark green leaves and spectacular white flowers with a heavenly scent.
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Mundulea sericea | Cork bush
This small, semi-deciduous tree is covered in masses of purple flowers, come spring! It grows well in sandy soil or on rocky ridges and is an ideal tree for small garden wanting to attract more birds and insects.
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