Trees for shade

adielk

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I want to plant trees to shade my bedroom windows. Cut previous ones as roots were causing problems.

I would assume it must be full of leaves in summer but few leaves in winter.

Needs to grow fast as I hardly want to want 10 years.

Any suggestions for Pretoria East area?
 

Marsie27

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The white stinkwood is Celtis Africana, and despite its common name isn't a stinkwood at all. We planted a 1.8m (total height in bag) one in May 2017 and it is over 2.25m (from ground level up) now, and doing well, despite the drought in the Cape. The tree nursery we bought from agreed with my impression that planting a smaller tree was better as it was less likely to be rootbound, and would get growing sooner. Also, I think transporting and transplanting anything bigger would probably best be left to the professionals. If we haven't had at least 20mm rain in the week in spring/summer, we make sure it gets 20 litres of clean greywater per week, all at once. Just note that there is also a Celtis sinensis which isn't indigenous, but apparently it hybridises with the Africana in Gauteng. I think its leaves are glossy whereas the indigenous one has matt leaves.
 

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We also have a bottlebrush, but it is a lot more straggly and bushy than the Celtis, which will grow into a canopy tree, and isn't deciduous, which the Celtis is. The birds love the bottlebrush.
 
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adielk

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We also have a bottlebrush, but it is a lot more straggly and bushy than the Celtis, which will grow into a canopy tree, and isn't deciduous, which the Celtis is. The birds love the bottlebrush.
Thanks but need shade summer yet sun in winter. Pretoria East.
 

adielk

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The white stinkwood is Celtis Africana, and despite its common name isn't a stinkwood at all. We planted a 1.8m (total height in bag) one in May 2017 and it is over 2.25m (from ground level up) now, and doing well, despite the drought in the Cape. The tree nursery we bought from agreed with my impression that planting a smaller tree was better as it was less likely to be rootbound, and would get growing sooner. Also, I think transporting and transplanting anything bigger would probably best be left to the professionals. If we haven't had at least 20mm rain in the week in spring/summer, we make sure it gets 20 litres of clean greywater per week, all at once. Just note that there is also a Celtis sinensis which isn't indigenous, but apparently it hybridises with the Africana in Gauteng. I think its leaves are glossy whereas the indigenous one has matt leaves.
Yep thanks want to buy a small sapling/tree. Installed aircon but tree far better to control summer heat.
 

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Thanks but need shade summer yet sun in winter. Pretoria East.
Yes, that's exactly why we planted the Celtis Africana on the north side of the house, and the bottlebrush (about 15 years ago) on the east side where sun/shade were not issues but year-round screening from the road were. Sandwitch recommended the bottlebrush, hence my comment.
 

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I think Marsie's right. I was just thinking of pretty fast-growing trees and I'm partial to the bottlebrush. I didn't think of how it'd block the sun in winter.

The stinkwood might be better for what you're looking for; you'll get more sun in winter when it dies down.
 

Marsie27

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Nice, Adielk. I hope it thrives as well as ours is doing, in spite of the CT drought. What's that stump next to it?
 
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