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Choosing the right tree is the first step in ensuring that your efforts and money are not wasted.
Even if you know very little about how our native trees and forests grow it is probably a good bet that you are aware that different species of trees are found on different sites. Like all other types of plants, trees have specific growing requirements. As a result, each site has its own capability, and in the same way, its own limitations for growing trees.
Choosing the right species for the site does not always guarantee success, but choosing the wrong species is sure to guarantee failure. So spend some time determining what your site characteristics are and if you are still unsure, consult a professional.
The following table provides the basic information to match species to site conditions, however for more in depth guidance please download Choosing the Right Tree: A Landowners Guide to Putting Down Roots.
A Guide to Matching Species to Soil
|Soil Texture||Natural Drainage
Well to Moderate
Imperfect to Poor