How to select the right tree species for your property

You probably already know that trees can be an asset to your property. They provide shade in the summer, add beauty to your landscape, and much more. But not all trees are created equal, as some species are better suited for certain climates or types of soil than others. So how do you know which tree is suitable for your property? The answer lies within this article. Continue reading to find out more!


Tree Function

Every tree has its unique role and qualities. Some tree species are great at preventing soil erosion, while others are better at sequestering carbon dioxide. Choosing trees based on their purpose can benefit you and your property in the long run. Here are some functions and a few trees that you might want to consider:

  • Shade - Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), Japanese Elm (Zelkova serrata), Weeping Lilly Pilly (Waterhousia floribunda), Crow's Ash (Flindersia australia), Red Cedar (Toona australis)
  • Fruit - Apple (Malus), Apricot (Prunus armeniaca), Lychee (Litchi chinensis), Mango (Mangifera indica), Nectarine (Prunus persica)
  • Seasonal colours or flowers - Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosolifia), Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius), Evergreen Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
  • Privacy - Kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium), Eumundii quandong (Elaeocarpus eumundii), Lilly Pilly (Syzygium sp.), Bottlebrush (Callistemon)
  • Feature - Lacebark (Brachychiton discolour), Yellow Bloodwood (Corymbia eximia), Ivory Curl Tree (Buckinghamia celcissima), Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana)

Unwanted Tree Traits

When choosing a tree, take into account the undesirable features as well. You don't want to grow a tree that may grow to become more an issue than an asset! There are some tree characteristics that many people love while others find them bothersome, such as fruits, seasonal leaf drop and seeds. You should also consider pest insects, diseases, potential damage to buildings and structures and expensive maintenance.

Tree Location

When choosing a tree for your property, always consider the location. By doing so, you can prevent issues from arising down the track, such as:

  • Obstructing views or windows;
  • Broken footpaths, driveways, and outdoor areas because of incompatible root systems;
  • Storm damage and electrical issues caused by branches or limbs encroaching on power lines;
  • Roots clogging septic tanks or sewer systems; and
  • Potential public danger by blocking traffic signs, pedestrians, or cars

Tree Size

Once you have thought about your location, you can now select the tree size based on the amount of soil accessible for root growth, space available for branch growth, preferred soil and moisture conditions and more. For reference, the following are general guidelines for tree and location sizes:

  • Small-sized areas: Trees less than 10m tall and 8m crown spread are ideal for small areas. Examples include Small Flowering Gum cultivars (Corymbia ficifolia), Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus. primadonna), and Water Gum (Tristaniopsis Laurina 'Luscious').
  • Medium-sized areas: Trees 10  to 15 m tall with a crown spread less than 12m are suitable for medium areas. Examples include Blueberry Ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus), Wattles (Acacia), and Dogwood (Cornus).
  • Big-sized areas: Trees more than 15m tall and a crown spread more than 12m. are ideal for large areas. Examples include Sydney Red Gum (Angophora costata), Lemon-scented Gum (Corymbia citriodora), and Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis).

Climate Tolerance

Consider your surroundings and learn about the type of trees that grow well in your area. Don't just pick out ones that cannot withstand the cold or heat. Research trees native to your region using accessible resources, or consult a professional arborist to help you pick out suitable species. You should also consider future planning for species tolerant of the warming climate.


When it comes to landscape design, picking the right tree for your property can have a number of advantages. With the proper tree selection, you receive these possible benefits:

  1. Shade during summer or hot weather
  2. Privacy from neighbours
  3. Natural noise filter and high wind protection
  4. Habitat for wildlife
  5. Aesthetic and curb appeal
  6. High property value


If you are still unsure what type of tree to get, leave everything to us! We are reliable professionals willing to help you select the perfect tree for your home. In addition, we can assist you with identifying potential problems with your tree before they become severe. Contact us now to learn more!

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