Understory woodland trees

Started by Greg - 2299 Monday, 14 October 2019

Hi everyone. I want to create a woodland garden in Newcastle, NSW. I"ve read that woodlands have three layers: upper story, understory and ground plants. I have an upper story with a large gum tree and a tea tree (plus borrowed shade). However these are high, mature trees and I want to plant a couple understory trees/ shrubs. I like the idea of deciduous trees with white flowers (because they stand out in the slightly gloomier conditions). I"m afraid I"m not a fan of natives (sorry native lovers). I had been thinking about... a. Cornus Kousa (Korean Dogwood) b. Amelanchier Lamarkii (Serviceberry) c. Viburnum Burkwoodii. d. Magnolia Stellata e. Hamemelis (Witch Hazel) I realise these are all from cooler climates. My backyard does have a slightly cooler microclimate because we are on a hill with a cooling nor- easter. Has anyone from Sydney and North had experience with any of these or wisdom to offer? I"m also open to alternatives if you think these won"t work. Many thanks. Greg

Lesley - 2088 Saturday, 07 December 2019

How about some of the Japanese maples for the shady areas, they would fit a woodlands theme, and forest pansy ( Cercis candiensis) seems to do well inSydney region as well. Im not sure about dogwoods, I think they do better in cooler temperate regions as do most Viburnums. You could also consider some rhododendrums and or Hydrangeas and azaleas in a woodland theme to add white to the scheme, depending on if you have the right soil and conditions. Lesley

 

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