How to select the right tree for your garden

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How to select the right tree for your garden

We all are well aware of the benefits trees bestow upon us, from elevating the elegance to providing shade, shelter and life-sustaining oxygen. And no wonder why they are called ‘lungs of the earth’.  Surely, we don’t need more reasons to abolish our scepticism about not giving them a nook in our yard. Now when you’ve decided to give a soul to your yard with a colourful tree the problem is – from the several hundred types of trees, how would you choose the one which will be perfect for your yard! and how you can blend the spirit of the tree into your small, tiny outdoor space. 

Don’t worry! If you’re shopping for trees for your next landscaping or reinforce the existing one, so, here is the guide and tips you should take into consideration while buying.

Tree Size (Height)

I am sure you’d never want the beauty to snatch away from your yard! which is why you should know beforehand that many trees in urban areas are removed due to the wrong placement. So, the best thing you can do to ensure is walk to where it will be placed and lookup. If there is any powerline overhead or other tall tree with which your tree may conflict as it grows, then you can either choose the small size/height tree or look for a new place.

The next thing you should think about is how it will impact the view as it grows to full size. Most shade trees have a spreading canopy on the top, so it eliminates the tension of height. Although your little elm might look cute now, as it will grow the branches could cover everything behind it. However, this can be an attractive option if you’re trying to cover the unsightly area or wanting to create a barrier or privacy from the watchful eyes of your nosy neighbours.


While choosing a shade tree, it’s important to narrow down the points on what types of canopy you’d like in the yard. Such as  –  whether you want a dense shade with broad leaves, a tree with finer foliage for light shade or an ornamental tree that offers both beauty and function.

The canopy that is cultivated might change the look of your yard and function if planted in the right spot. A canopy tree can also shade your home and bring focus to your garden – for example, you choose an ornamental tree in your lawn setting then it will provide shade for pathways and seating areas while also work as a focal point with its attractive flowers & fall foliage. However, you shouldn’t have too many of them.

Site condition

If you ask what is the key to their longer survival, then that’s what you need to know! Selecting a tree that will thrive in your yard conditions is the key to its long life. So make sure of soil condition, sunlight exposure, drainage, insect and disease susceptibility, space-constrained etc before making your final decision.

Another thing you should keep in mind is the climatic conditions of your area. Do your research to figure out what type of tree can grow well and sustain the atmosphere. Or you can visit your nearest nursery for advice & choices of plants which suit the area you live in.

What you want from it

This is another most significant aspect which you should set in mind in advance. Apart from the shade and oxygen, all trees have different purposes to serve like some offer edible food while some emphasize the aesthetic. That’s why first narrow down your choice to determine the objective of the trees in your landscape design. 

Some of the popular shade trees include:

  • Ash
  • Elm
  • Maple tree
  • Beech
  • Forest Eucalyptus
  • Sourwood

For ornamental or specimen purpose consider choosing:

  • Dogwood
  • Flowering cherry
  • Japanese maple tree
  • Willow
  • Redbud
  • Magnolia

For creating windbreak and screening/ barrier go for:

  •  Fir
  • Holly
  • Leyland cypress
  • Arborvitae 

And fruit-bearing trees include:

  • Apple
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Fig
  • Pear


The amount of debris a tree drops can significantly implicit for how you use your outdoors and how much maintenance will be required. Trees having slender, fragile tips to their branches wreck down even from the lightest wind. And fruit-bearing trees drop seed pods, fruits, or nuts but apart from these, some are quite difficult to manage since their droppings are sharp which may feel uncomfortable to walk on as well as create extensive debris that requires frequent cleanup or say high maintenance. So be sure of what you choose. 

Planting a tree is the best low-cost investment you can make to accentuate the elegance of your house while also enabling you to enjoy tons of added benefits. However, if you’re still confused about what tree will be best for your area, Kangaroo paw is there for help. If you need any kind of landscaping and gardening service in Sydney we’re just a call away. To reach one of the best gardeners in Northshore call on 0403 037 497

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