Every garden needs that something special to provide seasonal interest and wow factor. Something to give character to a corner or boldness front and center. And more often than not, the very best way to make a statement in a landscape is through the use of some stand out feature trees!
While some feature trees are small and compact, others will dominate the landscape, impossible not to notice. They might be just a single stately specimen, or they might be repeated to gain maximum impact.
One thing is for sure though, with the right feature tree there will never be a dull moment in the garden.
We have compiled a list of our very best feature trees, with one to suit every size and style of landscape. They are as diverse as the garden of Melbourne themselves, and are sure to make your landscape stand out from the crowd.
Below are a few of our favourite feature trees:
Perfectly proportioned, classic in style and sure to be a star in the landscape. This outstanding feature tree works well en mass and is bold enough to hold its own as a single specimen.
Pyrus Chanticleer has something to offer in any season; in Spring the masses of white blossoms shine bright in the sun, in Summer the dense foliage is a bright, glossy green, which in autumn turns to fiery tones of crimson, orange and gold.
The elegant shape of these trees makes them a superb choice for avenues or framing a stately home.
One of the most prominent small trees of the last 5 years is the iconic Coral Bark Maple, Acer p. Senkaki.
They have all the traits you love in a Japanese Maple; fine delicate foliage, bold Autumn colour and compact size. But with the stunning addition of bright red bark on its young stems, even in the middle of Winter this feature tree puts on a show.
There is nothing more pleasing than the dappled light that shines through the canopy of this glowing feature tree!
The new Spring growth of Gleditsia Sunburst is zesty yellow, with the fine, feathery foliage maturing to verdant green for Summer.
With a broad, spreading canopy, Autumn see these trees return to vibrant shades of gold, making it one of the brightest trees in the landscape. This elegant feature tree is the prefect addition to classic and contemporary gardens alike.
From Spring buds to Autumn leaves, this charming small feature tree will win hearts in any landscape.
Cercis Forest Pansy is quickly becoming one of Melbourne’s favourite trees, for its compact size and stunning colours all season long. The tiny, bright pink flowers that cover the branches in clusters during early Spring highlight the delicate structure of this feature tree.
Later, rich purple, heart shaped leaves emerge, turning copper and red in Autumn, bringing endless colour changes in even the smallest spaces.
Combining bold flowers with fine foliage, these immediately recognizable feature trees have been loved by generations.
Jacaranda mimosifolia is always a stand out in the landscape where it’s broad reaching branches covered in feathery foliage casts the perfect dappled shade.
In Summer, masses of vibrant purple, bell shaped flowers cover the tree, earning them the title of being one of flamboyant feature trees available.
For a hardy, versatile, medium sized feature tree, you can’t go past Lagerstroemia Natchez. From the ground up this is a stunning tree that’s easy style makes it a great option for almost any landscape.
With age the bark of this medium sized feature tree develops a smooth, creamy patina, which is a great feature in the winter landscape. The bright green leaves of summer turn into a kaleidoscope of red, orange and gold in Autumn.
The most note worthy feature of this hardy tree is the large clouds of crystal white flowers that cover the tree in Summer and early Autumn. A classic choice for a Melbourne garden.