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The plantings at Arba Cielo 1996-2007:
Deciduous A-F, Deciduous G-P, Deciduous Q-Z, Evergreen, Conifers, Seasons 2004-06,
Seasons 2006-07,
Seasons 2007-08


Trees in NZ
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Left: Arthur's Pass beech forest.
Far Left: Alexandra - a great place for autumn foliage. The low rainfall doesn't appeal to me but the temperatures & landscape do.
Left: Franz Joseph village. Cool climate rainforest - beautiful to visit, but I prefer deciduous forests and less rain.
Twizel - golden willows in winter. This region is another great spot for autumn colour, but there were no lifestyle blocks there when I was searching for land, and the rainfall is lower than my ideal.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens - one of my favourite places. Linden walk at far left, Acer palmatum at left.
Gingko biloba, The Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The Wakatipu Basin is my favourite place in NZ. I couldn't afford rural land in 1996, and it's a lot less affordable now.
Far Left: Trees in the Anglican churchyard - the scarlet oak was a source of seed for "Arba Cielo".
Left: A view of Arrowtown. Most of the foliage colour is from Acer pseudoplatanus. Points of red on the hillside are Sorbus aucuparia.
Far Left: Winter willows c1992.
Acer pseudoplatanus
forest on the Macetown track. Considered a weed by many because of its prolific reproductive capacity (actually no worse than some NZ "natives") and its "exotic" status (every species is "exotic" to its environment at some point in its history). I think it's a beautiful tree that greatly enhances the rural landscape, though I wouldn't want it in a suburban garden. The autumn colour achieved in this climate can equal the best of any yellow autumn foliaged tree, a fact not mentioned in any reference book I've encountered. Some even colour orange.
  A view from the Macetown track.
Far Left: Gorge Rd sycamores in 1993 - note some with orange leaf colour.
Left: Lake Dispute beech forest.
Far Left: Acer pseudoplatanus Queenstown Hill.
Left: Queenstown Hill forest ablaze in autumn colour. Acer pseudoplatanus, Sorbus aucuparia and Larix kaempferi or L. decidua.
Far Left: Birches, pines and Douglas firs on Queenstown Hill.
Left: Queenstown Hill larches & pines. Walter Peak in the distance.
  Environmental purists periodically chainsaw the trees on the upper slopes of Queenstown Hill to protect tussock grasslands. A matter of personal taste masquerading as an "environmental issue" and fuelled by nasty flag waving zealotry (that's how it gets government funding). I call it biofacism in action, though I do enjoy the tussock grasslands as much as the forests.
Sycamores in the Rees Valley (left, 1995), and at Lake Hayes (far left, 1992).
Far Left: An aspen at Lake Hayes, foliage looks more like Populus grandidentata than P.tremula, but I'm not sure of its identity.
Larches colour a hillside near Arthur's Point.
Far Left: Lombardy poplars on the Queenstown waterfront.
Left: Balsam poplars in Sunshine Bay - Populus basamifera, I think. 1992.
My home in Queenstown from 1991 to 2001 was at 253 Fernhill Rd. The best sugar maple I've ever grown at far left, Prunus "Pink Perfection" below and the back garden at left... another urban forest. I loved it and hope future owners do too. If only I could have bought a 26ha block there I might have been perfectly content to stay for the rest of my life.
Above & left: 3 examples from the gardens at Novotel on Sainsbury Rd in Fernhill, Queenstown. My workplace from 1994 to 2001.
    Above: The magnicent red oaks in Mann St, Queenstown, 1992 - a seed source for "Arba Cielo". Sadly, these spectacular trees were damaged by wind and that was all the incentive someone needed to completely remove them. The fate awaiting most urban trees is to die long before they need to.
  Acer platanoides in Gore. The seed source for most of the Norway maples planted at "Arba Cielo".