Re: replacement tree (TX)
Pam, I have pretty much everyone of the trees I mentioned to you, except the
Eve's Necklace and the Madrone in my yard ....so if it can take my clay soil
and flooding rains, I'm sure it can take yours too. I can't grow Rosemary or
lavenders, even in pots.....so the trees are a bit more forgiving than the
plants. The only one that I have in somewhat of a raised bed, is the Desert
Willow.....and only then because I have it in an area where water runs off if
the back yard floods, so didn't want it to be in standing water.
I don't know if the Wax Myrtle would grow well for you. It does need quite
a bit of water. It doesn't mind overwatering at all, but if it goes through
periods of drought without supplimental watering it shows it right
away.....it is not as full and lush with foliage. It is evergreen, and recovers with
new growth though once it rains again. The one thing I dislike very much
about this tree is that it suckers something awful. It is a constant chore to
have to cut off the suckers that literally come up all along the root system.
In it's native habitat it forms thickets. The best examples I've seen of
this in use in a landscape is in a confined space, with little area, like next
to a walkway in a thin strip. This gives it little room to sucker and it
adapts well to pruning. It is naturally shrubby, but can be pruned to form a
hedge or a small tree. The berries are much sought after by birds, and you can
boil them to make bayberry oils.
I thought you had this Viburnum??? The Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum definitely
grows in your area and I love the blooms on the Viburnum. They are highly
recommended for Wildscapes. I guess I've never really been a big admirer
(other than the blooms in spring) because they are such a slow grower and remind
me of a Ligustrum or such, with the glossy green foliage. The Rusty Blakchaw
does have great fall color though. So....I think it depends on what you want
and what you already have, it's your landscape, Pam, whatever makes you
happy is what you should go with. Whatever makes you happy, makes us happy.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 10/8/2006 11:02:30 AM Central Standard Time,
Noreen, what say you about the Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum (V. rufidulum)?
It's not as fussy about soil being well drained as some of those others you
mentioned and both Sophoras have poisonous seeds, a no-no in the bird
sanctuary. Or wax myrtle which doesn't mind clay in the least? And they
both handle too much or too little water conditions, both of which can occur
here, though too little is more common. Desert anything will croak when we
do get rain, which is why most of my salvias & lavenders are in chimney flue
liners and the rosemary shrubs are planted on mounds around the property.
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