The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

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The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Thirsty Brick » Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:38 am

Guys,

I'm searching for a no-mess, no-fuss fast-growing (10 years to full size) shade tree to plant in full sun in the middle of a lawned space in a suburban Adelaide plains garden, near a 2m high fence (so it shades two gardens). I'm looking for a 7-8m max spreading 'canopy' rather than a 'bushy' tree, that will last a long time with up to 15m of height. Prefer non-flowering...

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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby bubba louie » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:10 pm

No idea but welcome to the forum. I'm way out of your climate zone but someone else will have some ideas, I'm sure.
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby greg.l » Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:29 pm

Kurrajong trees make good shade trees. Apple trees are also good but not so fast.
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Luzy » Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:14 pm

I'm another no-helper... but welcome to the forum Thirsty Brick. You must have a large block. And, wow greg, you must have awesome apple trees :shock:
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby greg.l » Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:17 pm

Another thought is ash trees (fraxinus sp.) They make good shade trees but need a bit of encouragement.
My garden is mainly apple and pear trees which like dry conditions if you give them good soil.
Olive trees do well (too well) in Adelaide.
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Mister Wisteria » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:44 am

Can't help but welcome to the Forum. :D
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby karyn » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:47 am

I was going to say Claret ash...but it drops all its leaves in autumn, so it's not "no mess!" Welcome to the forum though!
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby MacMaples » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:13 pm

There's an ash that is supposed to be non-deciduous or semi-deciduous in milder climates . . . flowering ash? But you said non-flowering . . .
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby belladonna » Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:11 pm

I would say Jackarandah but they flower. Tall order a non flowering ,no mess tree, of course there are conifers.
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby bubba louie » Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:09 pm

belladonna wrote:I would say Jackarandah but they flower.


And they're deciduous.
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Damien » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:58 am

Our Bottlebrush does quite well with shading our lawn area. Its in full sun and here in Oaklands Park it gets damn hot. Where in adelaide are you? I ended up going to the national park (forget its name) up near me and asked around for the best plants/trees for my area. They had a nursery section whereby i could buy the natives that grew best. Gotta say, they are thriving, the ones from bunnings dying (no surprises there mind you).

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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Thirsty Brick » Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:19 pm

Hi Damien,

I'm in Camden Park, near the racecourse. I've had bottlebrushes too and I agree they work well, but I'm looking for something bigger.

Currently I'm thinking Chiness Elm or Crabapple or Ash, maybe SIlk tree...
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Damien » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:15 pm

Those large trees surrounding the botanic gardens are not only massive but nice looking. Not sure what type of trees they are though. I keep thinking of fig trees but i know they arent.

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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby belladonna » Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:49 pm

Do you mean the Morten bay Figs? They are lovely trees we have them as street trees in Wallaroo but they lift the bitumen ,footpath and they drop those fruit which can hit really hard ouch!
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby mdobbie » Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:35 pm

Hoe about a silver birch? I think they are pretty quick growing like alot of trees if the condtions are right they will grow well.

Stay away from the 'ash' trees i have a golden ash that looks fantatic for 11 months of the year. Mine has just started to drop its leaves. I still cant belive how much leaf debrs comes off the tree!
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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby Delilah » Thu May 07, 2009 11:26 am

Would a Poinciana/Delonix grow down your way? Huge, dense, flat canopy. Grows fast, very attractive.

Oh, but it has stunning flowers!

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Re: The Ultimate Shade Tree for Adelaide?

Postby right said Fred » Mon May 11, 2009 11:45 am

welcome to the forum, you could try ringing your council, most of them have a gardening guy who should be able to advise you.

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