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Australians are all too familiar with drought, severe weather and harsh conditions. And with climate change contributing to and exacerbating these issues, it makes sense to plant drought-resistant, water-wise trees wherever possible. Here we take a look at some great options for drought-tolerant species for your garden.

Why Plant Water-Wise Trees?

Aussie Tree Solutions Why Plant Waterwise Trees

By choosing drought-resistant trees and plants, you can create gardens that are more environmentally friendly, require less water, encourage Australian wildlife and bees and better support biodiversity. Drought-tolerant trees can also help stabilise soil and prevent erosion.

Being a little more savvy about water-wise trees will mean that your garden will remain vibrant and lush, even in the driest of seasons, plus you’ll have a much nicer water bill!  Australian native tree species are not only stunning but are generally the best suited and adapted to our climate and conditions. By including water-wise, native species in your garden you are making a great decision for the environment, as well as taking a step towards sustainable gardening.

Choosing The Right Tree For Your Garden

Before selecting your Australian native, drought-tolerant tree, it’s important to consider a couple of factors. Have a think about the available space you have and the size the tree will be at full size, whether you want the tree to flower or fruit, what purpose (if any) you want the tree to fulfill, what trees are suited to your specific conditions such as sun exposure and soil type. The better the match of tree to site, the greater the chances of a beautiful, thriving and healthy tree as well as a happy you!

Australian Native, Water-Wise Tree Species

There is a huge variety of beautiful Australian native, water-wise trees to choose from. Here are some of our favourites.

1. Black Sheoak

Aussie Tree Solutions Black Sheoak

This tree is a native evergreen that has needle-like foliage and distinctive, cone shaped fruit. This tree can reach over ten metres in height and is fast growing, hardy and suitable for both coastal and inland areas. With gorgeous red flowers in spring, this beauty tolerates a wide range of soil types and is drought-resistant when mature. Do not plant this tree nearby to drains, buildings, pathways or your house as it does have an extensive root system.

2. Banksia

Aussie Tree Solutions Banksia

The much-loved Banksia tree comes in a variety of sizes from small shrubs to large trees. They are easily recognised by their serrated leaves and striking, spiky looking flowers which can be orange, yellow or white. These beautiful flowers contain nectar which attracts local birds, bees and butterflies. Banksias generally thrive in sunny spots, in well-drained, sandy soil.

3. Bottlebrush (Callistemon) 

Aussie Tree Solutions Bottlebrush

This stunning tree has evergreen foliage and vibrant, brush-like flowers that come in a variety of colours from red and pink to yellow. Beyond their visual appeal, their unique flowers provide a smorgasbord for nectar feeding birds, bees and butterflies. The Bottlebrush thrives in both coastal and inland areas and their hardy nature makes them suitable for a variety of soil types.

4. Blueberry Ash Tree

Aussie Tree Solutions Blueberry Ash

Depending on the growing conditions, this popular evergreen native can be fairly small or can reach up to 15 metres in height. With a dense crown of foliage and beautiful flowers appearing in spring, that turn into berries, this tree is visually stunning. Requiring little maintenance, the Blueberry Ash can grow in a range of light conditions from shade to full sun and can tolerate dry, low nutrient soil, however it doesn’t like frost.

5. Grevillea

Aussie Tree Solutions Grevillea

The gorgeous Grevillea is surely one of Australia’s favourite natives. Part of an ancient plant family called Protaceae, Grevilleas range from sprawling ground cover plants right up to the mighty Silky Oak. This diverse species can adapt to native landscapes as well as ornamental gardens, making it a versatile, adaptable species. With beautiful flowers ranging in colour from white and orange to pink and red, the grevillea attracts a variety of pollinators including butterflies, bees and birds. Hardy and relatively easy to maintain, they tend to prefer free-draining soil and full sun positions.

6. Lemon Myrtle

Aussie Tree Solutions Lemon Myrtle

The lemon myrtle tree is a fantastic choice for a number of reasons. With beautiful, lemon-scented foliage and fluffy, white flowers in summer, this tree is a magnet for pollinators. Generally growing between 8 metres in gardens and up to 20 metres in its natural habitat, the lemon myrtle grows best in full sun and rich, free-draining soil.

Planting Your Tree

Be sure to do the necessary prep work to give your new tree the best chance. Firstly, you will need to ensure there is adequate drainage, as you don’t want the tree to become water-logged in the next downpour. Dig the hole twice as wide as the root ball to allow the roots to grow properly. Carefully place the tree in the hole, making sure the depth of the hole is roughly the same as the pot it came in. Fill in the hole with native soil and compost material and water liberally to settle the soil in.

For ongoing care, you will only need to water sparingly.

Ask Your Arborist For Advice

Confused? If you’re unsure and need some advice on the best tree species to suit your conditions, don’t risk it. Ask your local Arborist for their expert opinion. It may save you a big headache down the track!

For professional tree care and maintenance in the Brisbane area, speak to the team at Aussie Tree Solutions today. We have been taking care of Brisbane trees for over forty years and provide a full range of tree care services. Whether you need the expert advice of a Consulting Arborist, you need to organise a tree removal or you need stump grinding services, we’ve got you covered. Fully insured, fully qualified, reliable and safe – for your absolute peace of mind.

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