Blackbridge Nurseries

If you’re looking for something a little more substantial than just a hedge, a shelterbelt is probably what you’re looking for. Shelterbelts are normally going to reach 3m and above. In some cases they may well be left untrimmed to create an informal barrier or may be trimmed to give a more formal look. These ones are going to get big.

    • Description
    A strong fast-growing tree with pale, papery grey bark, birch-like serrated foliage and graceful drooping branches. It can fix Nitrogen and tolerates poor soils. Allow scope if intended for long term plantings. Responds well to trimming to create an excellent shelter belt or screening tree. Tolerates damp wet soil.
    Height x Width 7 x 3
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Fast
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Round
    Country of Origin Mexico, South America
    Similar to Consider Betula types.
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour  Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Insignificant
    Soil Conditions
    Tolerates Wet Yes
    • Uses
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening  Yes
    Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A vigorous small tree with long, narrow green leaves with slightly pendulous branches. Bright red flower spikes carried in clusters over spring and early summer provides nectar for bees and birds. Tolerates coastal, wind, clay, sandy or dry once established.
    Height x Width 3 x 2
    Height Range Small 1-5m
    Growth Rate Fast
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Round
    Country of Origin Australia
    Similar to Consider C. Red Clusters, Salignus (Yellow) Citrinus Violetii (Violet)
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Red
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A popular tree for hedging and pleaching, also makes an attractive specimen tree. Oval ribbed green leaves that have good autumn colouring of yellows and oranges eventually turning brown and remaining on the tree for long periods over winter. Summer: Green Autumn: Yellow Orange Brown
    Height x Width 12 x 7
    Height Range Tall 10m+
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Round
    Country of Origin Europe
    Similar to Consider Liriodendron tulipifera,
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    Deciduous Leaf Colour Golden Yellow
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Insignificant
    • Uses
    Accent Yes
    Hedging Yes
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A moderately fast-growing tree with large glossy green leaves. Small creamy-green flowers in September followed by large orange fleshy drupes in December. Very hardy withstanding strong winds coastal conditions and drought.  An excellent specimen tree able to be trimmed to shape.
    Height x Width 15 x 8
    Height Range Tall 10+
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Alectryon Excelsa, Planchonella Costata, Magnolia grandiflora types, Vitex Lucens
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Cream
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    The giant of New Zealand Pohutukawa! A large growing spreading tree. Olive green leaves and bright crimson flowers usually from Dec. Colours ranging from scarlet to deep crimson. Will tolerate very tough conditions including salt laden wind, poor soil, dry and full sun.
    Height x Width 15 x 8
    Height Range Tall 10+
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Metrosideros
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Red
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
    Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A selected cultivar which has a more upright habit. Distinctive darker green leaves. Flowers are striking red.  Will tolerate very tough conditions including salt-laden wind poor soil dry and full sun. Prefers well drained soil. Grows apx. 7 x 5m but easily trimmed.
    Height x Width 7 x 5
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Pyramidical
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Metrosideros,
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Red
    Fragrant? No
    Tolerates Dry Yes
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    Selected smaller growing compact bushy habit with smaller leaves compared to other Pohutukawa. Early flowering-bright orange/red flowers. Will tolerate very tough conditions including salt-laden wind, poor soil, dry and full sun. Excellent for smaller gardens and can easily be trimmed.
    Height x Width 4 x 2
    Height Range Small 1-5m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Metrosideros
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Red
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A natural hybrid Excelsa x Robusta type discovered on Great Barrier Island. Has deep scarlet flowers late spring on dark green foliage. Tidy small tree compact and upright. Can be trimmed to a larger hedge / shelter. Will tolerate very tough conditions including salt-laden wind poor soil dry full sun.
    Height x Width 5 x 3
    Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Metrosideros
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Deep scarlet Red
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
    Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A compact Olive with smaller leaves giving a dense appearance. A consistent small fruiting variety with heavy crops. Has a good oil content and also used for pickling. Being from the Mediterranean olive trees require full sun and will tolerate wind coastal and can also survive extended dry periods. This variety especially good for hedging as it trims well into a dense hedge.
    Height x Width 4 x 2
    Range Small 1-5m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Conical
    Country of Origin Greece
    Similar to Consider Syzygium resilience, Michelia Figo, Camellias, Pittosporums, Corokia, Griselinia, Ficus, Ilex largo, Eugenia Ventinatii
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Cream very small
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Accent Yes
    Screening Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
    Fruit Producing Yes but small
     
       Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    Hardy coastal large shrub or small tree. Leathery dark green leaves felted underneath. Flowers dark crimson to purple. Prefers full sun in free draining soil but will also tolerate dry soil once established. Easily trims to make a very good hedge or can be allowed to grow to a hardy screen.  Windy conditions and coastal exposure OK.
    Height x Width 6 x 4
    Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Syzygium resilience, Michelia Figo, Camellias, Corokia, Griselinia, Ficus, Ilex largo, Olea El Greco, Eugenia Ventinatii
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Purple
    Fragrant? No
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
    Fruit Producing No
       Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A fast-growing bushy native tree. Leaves larger than other pittosporums and has lemon scent when crushed. It has highly fragrant clusters of small attractive yellow-cream flowers in spring, followed by distinctive black seed capsules. Best in full sun. Will tolerate damp soils and moderately windy conditions. Ideal as a large screen or hedge as responds very well to trimming.
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Pyramidical
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Pittosporums, Planchonella costata, Myrsine salicina
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green Lime
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Yellow - small
    Fragrant? Yes
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
    Hedging Yes
     
       Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    This plant has a tidy habit with and upright medium form. The foliage is smooth with a slight grey/green appearance and attractive pointed leaves. Compact and useful for hedging and screening. Small purple fragrant flowers. Good for coastal conditions being from the windy Stephen’s Island in the middle of the Cook Strait. Responds very well to trimming.
    Height x Width 4 x 2
    Height Range Small 1-5m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Shrub
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Pittosporums
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Dark Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Purple
    Fragrant? Yes
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
       Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    The parent plant of many cultivars which have been produced from the variations of seed grown plants. A fast growing, slender tree with erect narrow pyramidal form. Full sun dry tolerant once established. Easily trimmed to shape so ideal as a hedge or screen.  Sweetly scented small purple flowers in Spring.
    Height x Width 5 x 3
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Other Pittosporums
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Purple
    Fragrant? Yes
    • Uses
    Good Shade Tree? Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    An attractive elegant tree with deep green, thick glossy, long needle-like Totara leaves on slender willowy branches. Has a very soft appearance. Excellent street or specimen tree. Can also be trimmed as a hedge or shelter or pleached.
    Height x Width 7 x 5
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin East Africa
    Similar to Consider Podocarpus Totara, Podocarpus Totara Black Bridge, Manii, Macrophylla
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Insignificant
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Accent Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    Hardy slow growing form with dull bronzy green stiff narrow leaves to 25mm with a sharp point. Stout trunk with rough reddish-brown bark. Once established will withstand drought. Excellent specimen tree or can be used for screening or trimmed into hedging.
    Height x Width 15 x 8
    Height Range Tall 10m+
    Growth Rate Slow
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Round
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Matapouri Blue, Green Form
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Brown Green
    • Flower
    Flower Insignificant
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Accent Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
      Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A more upright, very bushy growing variety of our NZ Totara. Strong, slow growing, bushy from an early age, ideal for hedging or where space is more limited. Grows to Apx 8m
    Height x Width 8 x 3m
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape / Habit Upright, Bushy
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Totara, Matapouri Blue, Podocarpus gracillis
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    • Flower
    Flower Insignificant
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    Hybrid totara with deep green foliage. Resembles the more mature Totara even as a young tree.  Strong and sturdy even from a young age. Its slow growth makes it easy to manage in any sized garden. Excellent as a stand-alone tree or for hedging with its similar look to Yew.
    Height x Width 7 x 5
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Slow
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Conical
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Totara, Matapouri blue, Totara Black Bridge
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    Deciduous Leaf Colour
    • Flower
    Flower Insignificant
    • Uses
    Accent Yes
    Screening Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
      Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
     
    • Description
    A brilliant compact selection of our native totara with small blue-grey foliage. Has a more upright pyramidical habit. Its slow growth makes it easy to manage in any sized garden. Excellent as a specimen tree or planted as a hedge.
    Height x Width 7 x 5
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Slow
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Conical
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Podocarpus Totara and Black Bridge. Podocarpus gracilis
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Glaucus Blue
    • Flower
    Flower Insignificant
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Accent Yes
    Screening / Shelter Yes
    Hedging Yes
    Bird Feeding Yes
     
     Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    A fast growing, narrowly columnar deciduous tree. Bright yellow autumn colour is stunning. Replaces the old rust susceptible Lombardy poplar. Excellent shelterbelt, screen or erosion control tree.
    Height x Width 20 x 3
    Height Range Tall 10+
    Growth Rate Fast
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Narrow
    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Similar to Consider Betula var.  Cupressus totem, Liriodendron tulipifera fastigiata, Olea El Greco, Knightia Excelsa, Acer Bowall, Poplar crow’s nest, Quercus robur fastigiata, Carpinus betulus fastigiata, Olea El Greco,
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Green
    Deciduous Leaf Colour Yellow
    • Flower
    Flower Colour Insignificant
    • Uses
    Screening / Shelter Yes
     
      Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.
    • Description
    Large evergreen shrub or small tree dark glossy green oval leaves. Dull white hawthorn scented flowers in slender racemes late spring/summer followed by fruits. Moist to dry conditions but will not tolerate wet feet. Excellent for hedges or Topiary or can be allowed to grow as a screen
    Height x Width 5 x 4
    Height Range Medium 5-10m
    Growth Rate Moderate
    Plant Type Tree
    Shape Conical
    Country of Origin Western Europe, France, Spain Portugal, Morocco
    Similar to Consider Camellias, Laurus Nobilis, Michelia Figo, Syzygium resilience, Pittosporums, Corokia, Griselinia, Ficus, Ilex largo, Olea El Greco, Eugenia Ventinatii
    • Leaf
    Leaf Colour Dark Green
    • Flower
    Flower Colour White
    Fragrant? Yes
    • Uses
    Specimen Yes
    Accent Yes
    Hedging Yes
     
      Note: Growth, height and grade information are given in good faith but are subject to natural variables beyond our control.

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