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Re: replacement tree (TX)

Ended up w/ a BIG Yaupon holly tree.  Native - lots of berries for the
birdies.  It's as tall as I am so bigger than the mahonia I want to shade
next summer.  Not cheap and barely got it in the car.  But it will work.
You ought to try digging a hole in clay in the 20th month of drought.   It
took four hours.  I have  blackhaw which is gorgeous, but not a rusty
blackhaw.  Tossed a couple of handfuls of worm castings in the hole.  It
should thrive.  Took an hour and a half to dig out all the dead roots.  My
poor back.

On 10/8/06, TeichFlora@aol.com <TeichFlora@aol.com> wrote:
> 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.
> (smile)
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
> In a message dated 10/8/2006 11:02:30 AM Central Standard Time,
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
> 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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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