Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by Stone Cross Garden Centre No Comments
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Ornamental trees bring beauty and character to gardens with the shade, colour, flowers and fragrance they offer. They can also offer privacy if your garden is overlooked and screening to frame gardens or to block out unsightly external features.

The key to growing good trees is to select a specimen that is ideally suited to your location.  This means that careful consideration should be given to:

  1.         Soil type.
  2.         Exposure to wind.
  3.         Exposure to sunlight.
  4.         Ultimate height and spread the tree will eventually reach.
  5.         Proximately of the trees location in relation to neighbours, the perimeter of your properties boundary and buildings.
  6.         Other plants that you want to grow in your garden. For example, if you grow a tree with a large dense spread it will cast lots of shade forming a haven for shade loving plants. However, it will reduce the possible area you have for growing sun loving plants.

One of the best features of trees is that after initial planting and care for the first two years they become fairly self-sufficient requiring little maintenance provided they have been well selected, well planted and well maintained.


Trees are large plants and as such can often overcome many health issues. However, below are a few common problems that can be encountered and how to overcome them.

Browning of  leaves

Brown tips on leaves are often an indication that the tree is drying out. Often exposure to high wind or salty sea winds will also exacerbate the issue causing brown margins to the edge of the leaf too. Problems are most commonly seen on new leaves. Try forming a shallow dish shaped well around the base of the trunk and soak the ground weekly.

Yellowing of  leaves

Where entire leaves turn yellow, often with pink or purple tints visible too, it is an indication that the tree is lacking nutrients. This often causes stunted growth too. In the short term a strong fertiliser such as Chempak 3 Fully Balanced Feed applied to the soil at the base of the trunk will help to remedy the problem. Mulching in spring with Rose, Tree and Shrub Compost will also help to maintain your trees health.

Silver Leaf

This is often evidenced by a silvery sheen to leaves followed by branch dieback. White woolly fungi can appear on the branches of older trees. This is usually caused by pruning at the wrong time of year. Susceptible trees such as Cherry, Laburnum and Poplar should be pruned in June or July with cut wounds treated with Seal and Heal Arbex.

Insect Damage

In addition trees can be affected by detrimental insects too. It is advisable to rake up all fallen leaves