8 Small Evergreen Trees for Australian Front Yards

Here’s a collection of small evergreen trees that are suitable for front yard planting.

If you’re in the process of rejuvenating your front yard, you might be looking for a lovely evergreen tree to provide some shade and an extra dimension to your landscape.

Evergreen trees are ones that won’t drop their leaves in autumn and will stay nice and lush all year round. But, if you only have a small front yard, you’ll want a tree that doesn’t get too big.

Here’s a collection of small evergreen trees that are suitable for front yard planting.

Agonis flexuosa (Weeping Peppermint)

Agonis | Plant varieties
Agonis flexuosa / Photo by Batsv / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

If you’re looking for a stunning shade tree for your front yard, you should consider this Australian native that hails from Western Australia. 

This tree is perfect for coastal regions because it tolerates salt-laden winds and is drought-hardy once established. It can reach a height of around 5 metres and a spread of up to 10 metres.

The weeping foliage consists of long narrow peppermint scented leaves. The tree also produces small white flowers in spring.

Brachychiton populneus (Kurrajong Tree)

Kurrajong Tree Brachychiton populneus cropped | Plant varieties
Brachychiton populneus / Photo by John Robert McPherson / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY-SA 4.0

This low-maintenance tree is an Australian native and is particularly drought-tolerant.

The tree forms a dense canopy of leaves that are green and glossy. The cream-coloured flowers appear from spring through to autumn and have pink or purple throats.

The flowers of the Kurrajong Tree are long-lasting and make a great food source for bees and nectar-feeding birds.

This native tree can reach a height of up to 20 metres and a spread of 6 metres. However, its size can be limited with regular pruning.

Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special’

Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special | Plant varieties
Callistemon ‘Kings Park Special’ / Photo by cultivar413 / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

If you want to attract native birds to your front yard, you should consider planting this Callistemon variety. It produces gorgeous bright red bottlebrush flowers from spring through to autumn.

This small native tree will reach a height and width of up to 4 metres. It’s a hardy plant and is suitable for coastal gardens as well.

The tree will handle most soil types and requires very little maintenance. However, it does benefit from regular pruning to encourage continuous flowering.

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Corymbia ficifolia (Flowering Gum)

Corymbia ficifolia 2 | Plant varieties
Corymbia ficifolia / Photo by Hughesdarren / WikimediaCC BY-SA 4.0

This stunning small gum tree will add a bright splash of colour to your front yard with its outstanding red flowers in spring. It’s commonly grown as a street tree here in Victoria due to its smaller size and stunning visual appeal.

Corymbia ficifolia will reach a maximum height of 15 metres and a width of up to 5 metres. When not in flower, this tree is still attractive with its dense canopy of large, glossy green gum leaves.

Elaeocarpus prima donna (Blueberry Ash)

Elaeocarpus reticulatus Blueberry Ash | Plant varieties

The Blueberry ash is a native rainforest tree with lovely new growth that is bronze coloured. It’s best suited to the warmer parts of the country as it doesn’t like frost.

The tree produces lovely clusters of pink bell-shaped flowers. These are followed by small fruits that have a blueberry fragrance. 

This attractive low-maintenance tree will only grow to a height of around 5 metres and a spread of 3 metres.

Fraxinus griffithii (Evergreen Ash)

Fraxinus griffithii Evergreen Ash | Plant varieties
Fraxinus griffithii

The evergreen ash is a popular street tree and is a perfect small tree for small front yards. It has bright green leaves that are glossy on top and silver underneath. In Spring, the tree produces panicles of white flowers.

This tree will reach a maximum height of 8 metres and a spread of around 4 metres. It’s fast-growing and drought-tolerant.

Tristaniopsis laurina (Water Gum)

Tristaniopsis laurina | Plant varieties
Tristaniopsis laurina / Photo by Krzysztof Golik / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This attractive native tree has quite a narrow growth habit, making it ideal for front-yard planting. It has glossy dark green foliage with new growth that is red.

The bark on the trunk of this small tree is dark reddish brown and this will peel back to reveal a mottled creamy stem underneath. The tree also produces pretty yellow flowers that are sweetly scented.

Tristaniopsis laurina can reach a height of 12 metres and a spread of around 5 metres. As a bonus, this tree is both frost and drought-tolerant but will do best when given enough water during dry periods.

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’

Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem 1 | Plant varieties
Magnolia Little Gem / Photo by Michael Rivera / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This magnolia grandiflora cultivar is highly versatile. It can be trimmed into a tall shrub or left to grow into a small tree with a height of around 6 metres. Thanks to its bushy nature, Magnolia Little Gem makes an excellent screening tree and can spread up 3 metres in width.

In summer and autumn, this tree comes alive with gorgeous creamy white flowers that are sweetly scented.

At other times of the year, the dark green glossy foliage is offset with the attractive bronze new growth.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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