The strong winds of winter often play havoc with our quicker growing trees. Because they grow so rapidly, they also, often, grow quite weakly.
Those most vulnerable, and commonly used in our gardens, are eucalyptus, pines, false peppers and acacias – or mimosa as they are commonly called. This doesn´t mean we shouldn´t use them as they are immensely useful for quick shelter, shade and privacy. But if they do split or break, don´t be too surprised and don´t worry about it too much! Even a low break can be cut clean and, because the root system is well established, the tree will quickly regenerate. It may end up more bush-like than tree-shaped but that´s not always a disaster and can open up other possibilities!