We have a tuckeroo tree, aka beach tamarind, aka Cupaniopsis anacardioides, that’s growing through a hole in our deck, strategically planted there to give us shade for a small table and two chairs. But its original foliage had started expanding too widely, thinning out at the centre and letting the sun through, so we pruned it back to encourage thick regrowth. The good news is that it’s working, with the tree regenerating and leafing-up nicely as shown below. The less good news is that so far it’s only leafed-up enough to provide shade for one person. And while we have a roofed area over some of the deck against the house, that’s somehow not quite the same as sitting out in genuine tree shade. So for the time being, it’s a case of first-come-best-shaded.