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Visit our 450-hectare nurseries with multi-stem trees, climbing trees, trees for avenues and parks characteristic trees and solitary shrubs. And see our 1,400 m² roof gardens with a wide variety of multi-stem fruit trees.
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Know-how to grow
Know-how to grow
For us, know-how to grow means that we look and think beyond simple cultivation and supply of trees. With a team of highly trained and skilled employees, we are happy to advise you on choice of species and assist with development of the plan to make your green project a success. Our planting advisors Discover our know-how to grow
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Planting on roofs and in containers

Planting on roofs and in containers

Planting on roofs and in containers is becoming increasingly popular. In the urban environment, this is a valuable addition to greenery, with roof and container planting improving the environment. Choice of species, management and maintenance measures are important factors in the creation of roof gardens and trees in containers.

The right tree?

Almost every type of tree can be planted on roofs and in containers but some types are more suitable than others. A tree with aggressive roots will need good protection underground to make sure the roofing material is not damaged. Tolerance to wind is also an important consideration in the choice of species. It is not advisable to choose a species that suffers with broken branches in strong winds for use on a roof. The shape also needs to be taken into account: standard trees are less suitable than multi-stems or topiary trees. Standard trees have a much higher centre of gravity, which increases the risk that they will blow over or break. If a large branch breaks the crown will be affected and the damage will almost always be visible. Topiary trees are less heavy as the crown is pruned back every year. If a branch breaks from a topiary tree crown, the damage will be repaired by the next year. The planting advisors at Ebben Nurseries will be happy to help you in your choice of species.

 

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Planting and management

Trees on roofs and in containers face more extreme conditions: the wind levels are higher and the temperatures vary more than at ground level. In containers, the growth space is also very limited and a good substrate with added nutrients and water is indispensable. The location plays an important role on roofs. There are often more possibilities on parking roofs. Due to the stronger construction of parking roofs, they can bear more weight. The situation at ground level makes the wind and temperatures less extreme. Of course the budget for maintenance is important when choosing trees on roofs or in containers. A tree on a roof or in a container lives in unique conditions and requires more maintenance than a tree in open ground.

Trees in containers

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Trees in containers

Trees on roofs

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Trees on roofs

Multi-stem container and roof trees

Multi-stem trees are the most suitable trees for roofs and containers. The centre of gravity on multi-stem trees is much lower, due to the weight of the multiple stems. In the case of wind damage to the crown, the tree retains its characteristic multi-stem shape. There is also much more to see at eye level with a multi-stem tree, so that the experience is much greater. There are many different kinds, shapes and sizes of multi-stem trees.

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