Tree Companion Plants

Trees are often features in gardens and therefore companion planting guilds are usually arranged around your trees.  Every thriving plant guild should include pollinator plants (like herbs and flowers), insectary plants (like yarrow and artichoke), nitrogen or nutrient accumulating plants (like comfrey), ground covers (like nasturtiums or sweet potatoe) and green manure plants (like legumes).

Companion Planting an integral part of permaculture and a holistic approach to gardening where you plant different crops in proximity for maximising the use of space, providing nutrients, shade or support, increasing crop productivity, attracting beneficial insects, pest control / repelling pests, pollination or providing a space for beneficial creatures. The concept is an ongoing process of living and learning with nature and increasing biodiversity to support a sustainable Eco system.  Below is a quick reference guide for tree companion planting:

Trees Medicinal Trees

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Name

Good Companions

Not a Companion

Almond

Comfrey, flowers, herbs.

Avocado

Comfrey, shade loving flowers and herbs.

Beech

Morel Mushrooms

Cashew Nut

Comfrey, flowers, herbs.

Elderberry

Give them enough space to grow, they make an excellent backdrop to any vegetable, herb and fruit garden. Comfrey is always welcome.

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees should be planted in tandem (at least two together), in addition to their best companions are alliums, tansy, nasturtiums, marigold, marjoram, lemon balm, bee balm, echinacea, mustards, comfrey, dandelions, borage and other flowers. Avoid plants that are prone to mildew and other fungal infections.

Hazelnut

Comfrey, flowers and herbs such as coriander.

Macadamia

Clover, chives, nasturtium, comfrey, marigold and other flowers.

Oak

Chantarella mushrooms, blueberries.

Olive

Herbs, lavender.

Pomegranate

Herbs and flowers will draw bees for pollination. Fennel and celery.

Walnut

You get smaller varieties that are around 6meters tall. They can provide great shade for a mushroom patch, or any shade loving plants. Black walnut is harmful to the growth of plants in the nightshade family
such as eggplant, peppers, potatoe and tomatoe.

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