Site and Soil Suitability

Most trees are capable of growing on most sites. If your site is not subject to extremes of wet or dry then any of our trees grow. Choosing a tree which matches the site will ensure trees are healthy and grow rapidly. Our Tree Finder will assist you to match the conditions you have on site with tree species which will do well.

Tree Size and Root to Shoot Ratio

In our opinion small is beautiful, a small tree has a more balanced root:shoot ratio than a larger tree. Larger trees will often ‘sit’ for a period of years after planting until the root system develops.

Generally we would always recommend that younger, smaller trees (20-40cm those with the best root:shoot ratio) will establish faster and more successfully. In certain cases, such as areas where damaging wildlife, or competing vegetation, is an issue then customers may prefer to use a larger trees 40-60cm

With a balanced root system our trees can adapt rapidly to their new environment quickly growing away quickly as soon as they are planted. In many cases we have seen our trees catching up with larger trees with the result that after a few years both are almost the same size.

Conifer or Broadleaf

The main difference between conifers and broadleaves is that the majority of conifers are evergreen whereas most broadleaves are deciduous, losing their leaves during the winter. This is an important consideration when planting trees for visual impact.

Ultimate Height and Growth Rate

Some tree species such as oak grow slowly but attain great size sometimes over 20m whereas others, such as birch and willow grow rapidly but generally only achieve around 10m in height.

Tree Origin

Consider where the tree is from. At Christie-Elite we are active in the promotion of Native Trees. Christie-Elite are market leaders in Tree Provenance and have collect the seeds for many of the trees we sell ourselves from native UK forests. Native trees are often more resiliant and better suited to planting and wildlife in the UK.

Environmental Impact

Certain species such as Rowan, Blackthorn and Hawthorn have flowers and fruit that attract insects and birds as well as being visually appealing.