Which Tree leaves are good for compost
After sharing – Why to shred leaves while composting I have gathered some info on which leaves is good for composting.
Leaves of Maple, Ash, Cherry, Cottonwood, elm, Beech , Birch Tree leaves . Though some people have discussion on Birch and Beech.
Gardening Tip – Most of fruit tree leaves are good for composting. Except Black walnut have some questions.
Acidic / In moderation –
Oaks , Eucalyptus and Pine
In San Diego, following trees are common
- Eucalyptus – Use in moderation in compost
- California sycamore – Good for compost
- Orange Tree – Good for compost
- Lemon Tree – Good for compost
- Jacaranda Tree – Hopefully good
- Pine needle – Use in moderation, as they take longer time to decompose. Many use them as mulch and let them decompose slowly in the ground.
- Magnolia leaves – Because of their waxy ,thick leaves, it take longest time to decay, some people use them as mulch.
I have Pine and Eucalyptus So, I shred the Pine needles and distribute commonly over the ground. But definitely clean the Eucalyptus leaves from ground.
Please share your experience , which leaves you know or you have experience which do good in compost. I have shared for San Diego. It would be great if you can share about your place and preference of tree leaves for compost.
Questions for readers –
Should we consider bamboo leaves for compost ?.
Basswood leaves are also a good addition in compost.
- Alistonia ( saptaparni – Indian Name) : Good to consider for compost
- Ficus Benjamin – Difficult to compost.
Happy Gardening !
We do get lot many dry leaves from surrounding ficus benjamina and alistonia ( saptaparni ) . My experience is that alistonia leaves go well in compost whereas that of ficus are hard enough and take much time to decompose.