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Trees to plant in the summer

The warmest season of the year is fast approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to go outside and start gardening! Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out if you want to add some new trees to your landscape, here are some great options to plant this summer.

Sweet Thorn

The Sweet Thorn is a wonderful choice for those looking to light up their landscape. Abundant, fragrant, yellow puffball flowers adorn the tree intermittently (in response to rain) throughout summer. It is very hardy, semi-deciduous, fast-growing, and drought-resistant that can flower up to 6 times a year.

These are followed by thin, grey-brown sickle-shaped pods that split to release smooth, hard little seeds. It has many medicinal uses (wound poultices to eye treatment and cold remedies) and household uses (the gum can be used as an adhesive and the wood for woodworking). The Sweet Thorn is a host to various butterflies, attracts a multitude of insects, and is favoured by many birds and bush babies. If you are environmentally conscious, then this tree is a must-have.

Wild Peach Tree

The Wild Peach is an excellent choice for summer planting. It is a fast-growing, long-lived tree that tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions. This tree can be very variable in size; from a short, shrubby tree in dry parts of the country, to a tall, elegant tree in high rainfall areas. It is one of our most underrated native trees, worth growing for its luxurious, grey-green foliage, decorative fruits, and hardy nature. Well-shaped and robust, with beautiful, smooth, silvery-grey bark and dainty, creamy bell-shaped flowers.

As it has a habit of branching quite low down, it makes a marvellous screen or hedge plant, as well as a sturdy windbreak. If trimmed regularly, a traditional, upright tree shape is easily acquired, providing good shade and shelter to enjoy with family and friends this summer

Pin Oak Tree

The Pin Oak tree is a beautiful tree that supplies great shade. It starts off in a pyramidal shape, but as it matures, it loses the shape completely for a more rounded shape. Its lush green leaves will form a dense shade canopy in the summer months and will turn bronze and sometimes red in autumn.

The tree is often planted in public parks and gardens for its ornamental value as well as hardy nature to withstand drought conditions. The tree has a majestic shape and is best suited for larger gardens where it can grow to its full potential. If you are looking for a tough tree that will give your yard a boost of green, the Pin Oak is an excellent choice to explore

Chinese poplar

The Chinese poplar tree is an excellent choice for summer planting and a beautiful addition to almost any type of garden. It is a deciduous tree that changes its appearance as each new season approaches, displaying blazing colours throughout the year. It has a neat, rounded crown of shiny green foliage which turns bright yellow in autumn before being shed in winter. The bark on younger trees is smooth, white greenish to grey, becoming rough and fissured as the tree matures. Flowers are borne in long, drooping catkins and appear in early spring and the fruit take the form of a reddish brown, valved capsule that matures in summer.

The Chinese poplar can tolerate exceedingly difficult conditions like long, hot dry summers and constant wind, making it a desirable choice for coastal areas. It is very hardy and can adapt to difficult growing conditions but unfortunately has an invasive root system. It makes for an excellent specimen tree in a large garden but should be planted away from buildings and paving. When planted in summer, the Chinese poplar tree will thrive and provide you with years of enjoyment.

As you can see, there is an array of trees to plant in summer. So, if you have been thinking about adding one to your property, do not hesitate – go ahead and get started! Visit www.justtrees.co.za to make your purchase today.

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