Tree Uses and Suitability

Tree Uses and Suitability

Trees are valuable for many reasons. They provide beautiful and varied landscapes, shelter from harsh weather conditions, privacy and screening, enhance the environment improving air quality, they provide habitats for birds and other flora and fauna etc. More than any other plant, trees give a sense of permanence and maturity to a landscape and are beautiful for their diversity in shape and form as well as their seasonal characteristics including colour and texture of foliage, flowers, bark and berries.

When choosing trees for a particular area it is important to consider what you want from the trees and what the trees require in order to allow them to live. The following are a few things you need to consider when choosing trees:

  • Size: small, medium or large trees
  • Function: do you want the tree as a single specimen or as a grouping of trees?
  • Foliage colour: green, red, yellow or variegated
  • Seasonal interest: autumn colour, flowers, attractive bark colour and texture, berries
  • Soil type: neutral, acid, limestone, fertile, sandy, heavy etc.
  • Conditions: rural, wind exposed, urban pollution, maritime etc.

Types of Trees