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Stand-out Trees for Texture and Form

Creating interest in the garden is all about texture and form. With a few simple tips, you can have a garden that is beautiful to look at and great to live in.

Ginkgo biloba

Maidenhair Tree

This is a very slow growing and long-lived, deciduous tree with a large and elegant habit. Considered quite an ancient tree, it is known to have origins dating back to Jurassic times and is often referred to as a living fossil. Specimens exist in its native origin, China which are estimated to be over 1000 years old. It has unique, double-lobed, fan-shaped leaves with veins which spread from the stalk of the leaf. Short catkins are produced, followed by yellow fruit and the foliage is a rich green, which turns a golden yellow in autumn.

Corymbia maculata

Spotted Gum

This is a stately tree which grows straight and tall. The bark sheds in summer and is smooth and cream in colour with grey spots from the older bark, providing contrast and interest with its mottled appearance. The leaves are dark green and glossy and from autumn to winter, small clusters of fragrant white flowers appear attracting birds and honey bees to the area.

Betula pendula 'Moss White'

Moss White Silver Birch

This tree has bright green foliage that turns to a pale yellow in Autumn. The trunk is a grey colour when young gradually turning to white. It produces long hanging pale green catkins. 'Moss White' has been selected for its bright white bark.

Waterhousea floribunda 'ST1' Whisper

Weeping Lilly Pilly

Unique to Speciality Trees and one of our most popular sellers! This is a versatile, bushy tree with a wonderful weeping habit making it perfect for large screening projects and the softening of fence lines. New growth starts off pink with leaves turning to various shades of green as the foliage matures. It forms white flowers in summer, followed by green, bird attracting fruits. The foliage is maintained to the base of the plant giving a year-round lush, full appearance. This variety can also be pleached to a central trunk to raise the height of the lower foliage.

Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei 'Zuni'

Crepe Myrtle (purple)

Small and multi-stemmed, this variety can be used as a shrub or small tree. Foliage has red tinges when young and matures to a shiny dark green, with autumn foliage providing a colourful display of orange, red and maroon. Stunningly beautiful and free-flowering, masses of violet purple flower trusses appear from summer through to autumn. Bark provides further interest as it peels, creating a mottled effect on the trunk. Relatively hardy, this variety is resistant to powdery mildew and will tolerate periods of dryness once established.

Acacia cognata 'Green Screen'

This attractive small tree has weeping branches holding narrow, bright green foliage. During the winter months, masses of yellow, globular flowers cover the tree.

Garrya elliptica

Silk Tassel Bush

This is a great winter flowering tree growing to 8m tall. It is a very distinctive tree, with long tassel-like flowers. Its leaves are glossy on top and give it good tolerance to industrial and coastal pollution. But underneath, the leaves are wonderfully woolly and quite soft.

Banksia marginata

Silver Banksia

This Australian native tree has a dense growth habit with long green leaves bearing silver undersides. The leaves can have spiky or smooth margins. The large yellow cylinder shaped flowers are a stunning feature to the tree and attract native birds and insects. The flowers are borne from spring to autumn.

Magnolia grandiflora 'Teddy Bear'

This is an evergreen, upright growing magnolia reaching 4m. Being naturally dense in habit, with a tight, compact form, it is ideal used as an informal hedge. Leaves are large and rounded - glossy and dark green on top with felted, bronze undersides. Gloriously large white flowers appear during the warmer months from late spring through to autumn.


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