Something quite different and not often seen in gardens.
The Persian Witch Hazel is a very under-utilised tree and yet ticks so many boxes!
Small growing to approx 6m in 10 years. Densely bushy with branches which sweep out and slightly downward. Slow to moderate rate of growth. The young leaves are bright green, oval, slightly rippled along the edge and have strong veination. They mature to a deep, dark green in summer before progressively turning yellow, burnt orange and russet in autumn. An added bonus is lovely mottled bark on older specimens.
This tree suits Canberra's climate very well - hot summers and cold winters, dry conditions and wind exposure once established.
Best to get it started with well composted and free draining soil.