National Tree Day: Frangipani flowers
National Tree Day: Frangipani flowers Angie Thomas

Plant a tree today to celebrate our natural environment

TODAY is the day to go out and plant a tree to benefit your local environment in celebration of National Tree Day.

It's a great nature activity to do yourself or with your grandkids.

The tree doesn't have to be a big. It can be any size you like. Yates horticultural consultant Angie Thomas says, "trees have many benefits around the home including providing shade, blocking out unwanted views, creating homes for native birds, attracting bees and protecting sensitive plants that grow alongside them."

If you need an idea on what to plant in your backyard or around your community, Angie has some top tree ideas to share.

Frangipani

Bringing a tropical feel to temperate and warm climate gardens, frangipanis are predominantly deciduous trees that have lush leaves and beautifully fragrant flowers in summer. They are ideally planted during late winter just before the new spring foliage emerges.

National Tree Day: crepe myrtle flowers.
National Tree Day: crepe myrtle flowers. Angie Thomas

Crepe Myrtle

These hardy deciduous trees have attractive bark, colourful autumn foliage and stunning summer flowers. Dwarf crepe myrtles are available as well as varieties with striking burgundy foliage.

Ornamental Prunus

These magnificent trees have white or pink flowers that attract bees in spring and vibrant foliage in autumn. The ideal time for planting is during winter while they are dormant and leafless.

Ivory Curl Tree

In temperate areas, this Australian native evergreen tree will reach around eight metres high and taller in warmer climates. In summer, ivory curl trees are smothered in cream flowers that attract bees and nectar feeding birds.

National Tree Day: Magnolia grandiflora.
National Tree Day: Magnolia grandiflora. Angie Thomas

Compact Evergreen Magnolias

Varieties such as 'Little Gem' and 'Teddy Bear' have glossy green leaves with a striking rusty colour underneath and white flowers in summer. These are great for providing a dense screen or grown as a feature tree.

Deciduous Magnolias

Growing to around five metres tall, deciduous magnolias display magnificent goblet shaped flowers on bare stems during late winter and early spring. Plenty of gorgeous colours are available including white, pale pink, lilac, burgundy and yellow.

National Tree Day: Blueberry Ash.
National Tree Day: Blueberry Ash. Angie Thomas

Blueberry Ash

A medium sized Australian native rainforest tree, blue berry ash produces frilled white flowers in spring and then bird attracting colourful blueberries.

Japanese Maple

Ideal for sheltered cool and temperate gardens, Japanese maples have glorious autumn foliage. Ideal for planting during winter while they are 'hibernating'.

Tibouchina

Tibouchina trees are covered in intense purple, lilac or pink flowers in late summer making them a great choice to brighten up a dull garden. I recommend planting these trees if you live in some of Australia's warmer climates.

National Tree Day: Lilly Pilly Winter Lights.
National Tree Day: Lilly Pilly Winter Lights. Angie Thomas

Lilly Pilly

Lilly pilly is a group of Australian native plants, which range from shrubs to trees, and boast lush foliage that can help create a great screen or shade . Most have white bee attracting flowers in spring or summer followed by edible berries that are loved by native birds like parrots.

To find out more about growing trees, go to www.yates.com.au.


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