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Plant a Small Tree

Action: Plant a Small Tree in your garden.

Small Tree Council Regulations Gardening Guides Plant Action

Small Habitat Trees

Small trees can grow up to 5 metres tall and come in many ornamental varieties.

They can provide an oasis for wildlife to feed, rest, and play as they move around our city.

Biodiversity Superstars

Small trees are a great refuge for animals, insects and birds throughout the foodchain.

While small trees don't provide the shade and canopy of their larger cousins, they tick all the same ReWild boxes as a source of food and shelter.

Many varieties are also flowering, adding colour features to your garden.


Our definition of a small habitat tree is one that can grow up to 5 metres.

Habitat Value: Level 4

Shelter and Food

For most gardens, Medium and Small Habitat Trees are a high scoring ReWild activity.

The ReWild scoring system only measures your impact with the resources available to your site; people with tiny gardens or balconies can still earn a high ReWild score without planting trees.

The Level 4 habitat value reflects the high food and shelter value to wildlife, including mammals, birds, insects and pollinators.

Small trees can take more than a decade to reach maturity, but will start providing significant habitat value within three or four years.

It is important that you include any existing trees (particularly natives) in your initial ReWild site survey.

Planting Guides

Before planting a tree, always check with with Water Corporation and Dial Before You Dig before deciding what and where to plant.

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