MAGNOLIA -BLACK TULIP - Red Hibiscus - Tipuana (race horse tree)- These are actually considered a pest- in some areas- they are prolofic seeders- but this native of South America- is a tough/hardy legume. Ideal for a harsh dry spot- where other things
struggle. Also excellent fodder tree- and a good enviromental solution -nitrogen repair is one thing. But the birds love them- they provide great shade- and will survive in harsh conditions,
OLIVE TREES - I love my olive trees- they are a medditeranian
tree-but love it here. this photo of our Blue Wren- they love the olive tree!
WISTERIA -CLIMBERS These are all exotics of course but very significant plantings for me. We had a beautiful Magnolia in our
garden at Uralla- it was enourmous and quite old- maybe 20 yrs or so. It always flowered, loved the perfume & they are pretty hardy, it does get very cold in New England. I'm hoping it will thrive here. Have always loved Wisteria so happy to be planting
some here at Bony Mountain one over at the Festival site, & one here at the Bungalow. Olive trees do love it here as well, so got 3 more of those! Planning more plantings around the Festival site. I guess the argument for & against the exotics versus
native will never stop! But I strongly believe that a tree- is a tree- is a tree. They provide shade-shelter-food-and protect our wildlife- no matter what their country of origin is! The real draw back with a lot of exotics is that they do need
a lot of water! Whereas the natives -once established will survive on rainfall. The one thing that is a negative for me -is that I have noticed our natives are very suseptable to disease, attract bugs- and can die without any warning! Even the bigger trees-
but I do love them all- trees are so special! any tree.