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Windbreaks for Geraldton – Dongara Mallee

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Dongara Mallee

As a coastal windbreak its hard to look past the Dongara Mallee (Eucalyptus obtusiflora)  for planting in alkaline sands around Geraldton. These low growing gums (3m x 3m) are often bushy to the ground (although they grow larger in the northern wheatbelt) . They can be easily under pruned to create a canopy. Mallee means multi-trunked trees, hence they provide a wide coverage in a windbreak. This white summer flowering species copes well with the strong winds that our Batavia Coast is famous for.

Read more on our local Gums, including the Dongara Mallee in Malcolm French’s fantastic book ‘Eucalypts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt‘. Photo in this post from Malcolm French’s book.

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Jam Trees

Windbreaks for Geraldton – Jam Trees

Jam Trees (Acacia acuminata) – Looking for attractive small shade and screening trees in a native garden setting? Look no further,  with low leaf fall and suited to loams, gravels and clay soils, this is one of our favourites.

It’s timber is very hard and termite resistant. Back in the days, they were used as fencing posts. Now more likely to used as craft wood or as host trees for Sandalwood.

Windbreak Trees and Shrubs for Geraldton

Windbreak Trees and Shrubs for Geraldton

We are often asked the best way to start a garden in an urban or semi-rural property including growing fruit trees and vegetable gardens in our challenging windy climate.

The first step is to establish windbreaks. Slowing down and redirecting hot, desiccating easterlies and buffeting south westerlies, improves both livability of your home, increases your successes with orchard plants which need a wind sheltered microclimate to grow well, and save your own sanity!

Two or more lines of shrubs and trees are better than one, with increasing height of the inner line to ‘ramp up’ the wind over your house and garden.

In our nursery we grow and sell a range of windbreaks trees that we have used on the farm that suit our climate and soils. In the following posts we’ll highlight a few of our favourites including Jam Trees, Dongara Mallees, Fiery Bottlebrushes and Swamp Sheoaks.

Check out our stocklist on our nursery page for a list of currently available species.

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