Where's your sense of adventure?

Trees allow children to explore the natural environment. Green spaces invite spontaneity, risk taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. Of course you knew that! But what to plant in your green space?

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Trees encourage outdoor play

Trees allow children to explore and experience the natural environment. Outdoor green spaces invite spontaneity, risk taking, exploration, discovery and connection with nature. They foster an appreciation of the natural environment, develop environmental awareness and provide a platform for ongoing environmental education.

Research also suggests that outdoor play assists concentration levels inside the classroom. (Source: Victorian State Government, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, National Quality Framework–Natural environments, Fact sheet, June 2014)


The following trees are great examples of trees that offer interest in the garden and the outside world. Some offer wonderful flowering or foliage that carpet the ground at a particular time of year, while others provoke a heightened sense of smell, touch or sound. All are favourites and grown by us for our climate. 

This very attractive small to medium sized Maple has glossy, dark green, sharply-lobed leaves, which change to a multitude of yellows, oranges and reds in autumn. Moderately fast growing it is known to perform well in trying conditions. Flowers in late spring have little ornamental value.
This distinctive native tree is found on the east coast of Australia. It has rough patterned bark and long green leaves with a silver underside. Pale yellow flowers are a cylinder shape can be seen in Summer to Winter the flowers can be up to 12cm long. The seed pods stay on the branch for long periods and look very ornamental. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L
This tree has a corky light brown bark that has deep fissures.The leaves are thin green needles like a pine tree. There are female and male trees with gold male flowers in Autumn and female rounded warty cones. In Winter the branchlets turn a beautiful copper colour. A wonderful feature is the sound the wind makes when it travels through the folaige! 40cm/27L 50cm/52L
This is a slightly narrow domed tree that doesn't shed its branches. It has a smooth trunk that may be slightly mottled. The bark is a pinky salmon in colour. Leaves are narrow and highly aromatic when crushed smelling strongly of lemon. This tree features lovely cream-coloured flowers in summer.
This semi decidious tree has a lovely pendular habit with bright green serrated leaves. It's bark is smooth and flaking with various colours including grey, redish brown and cream.
This Australian native medium sized trees is usually multi stemed and is stout and solid with grey coloured bark and glossy green leaves. It produces yellow flowers in summer.
This small attractive tree has spectacular heart shaped burgundy coloured leaves that continually change colour throughout the year. The branches have a distinctive, smooth dark brown wood which contrasts well with the blossom like pink flowers that are bourne before the re-emergence of burgundy leaves once again in spring. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 200L
This fast growing tree is an elegant specimen with green soft foliage turning to yellow in Winter before shedding. The flowers are purple, bell shaped and cover the canopy. The seed pods are very distinct fleshy curved green pods that eventually dry and open. It is an attractive open tree with branches upwardly ascending. A great summertime feature due it's stunning purple flowers. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L

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