Trees come in various shapes and sizes. Flowers create a display, mostly to attract pollinators. Early Spring and up to mid-Summer are the times when we can enjoy all the colours in the colour spectrum. Late Summer is the time when there are fewer flowers to be enjoyed but some trees do flower later on in Summer.
Chorisia Speciosa with its abundance of pink flowers will start blooming in February. The common name is the Silk Floss Tree. Note that this beauty grows to a large specimen of about 25 metres high. The trunk is thorny and it has a huge root system therefore it is suitable for large gardens only.
Tibouchina, a tropical tree, will have a long flowering season right up to Autumn. Shades of pink and purple form a dense canopy of flowers. This tree grows up to 5 metres tall in warmer climates. It is suitable for warmer, frost free gardens.
Trees can also create colour and interest with foliage colour as well. Olea Africana (Wild Olive) has fine grey leaves and combines well with Harpephyllum Caffrum (Wild Plum). The Wild Plum, with dark green leaves and reddish new growth creates a beautiful contrast when planted together with the Wild Olive. This taller tree will create contrast and colour planted close to the smaller Wild Olive which grows up to 8 metres tall. Both are suitable for medium sized gardens.
For smaller gardens consider the Malaleuca Bracteata (Johannesburg Gold) with its intense yellow colouring planted close to a Prunus Nigra (Black Plum). The yellow of the Johannesburg Gold and the dark plum colour of the plum will give a stark contrast in colour. The Johannesburg Gold can grow up to 6 metres high and the Plum to 4 metres high.
For small gardens the Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum) which grows up to 2 metres high, will provide colour planted close to a Pride of India (Lagerstroemia Speciosa) which grows to 5 metres tall. The combination of foliage colour and blooms on the Pride of India will provide a spectacular show against the Acer (Japanese Maple) with its green or red coloured leaves.
There are numerous combinations to try out and with your next visit to a garden centre try putting different coloured trees together.
Gardens can be colourful towards the end of Summer too. With all of the rains we have experienced in most parts of the country, plants and trees are most likely to require thinning out and cutting back to prevent gardens from becoming overgrown. Cleaning up of the garden will also provide space to plant new trees and to try out new colour combinations.
Contact Brand’s Tree Felling for a free quotation for cutting back and thinning out of your over-grown trees and plants. Our Horticulturist can also give some advice as to what trees can work best in your garden.