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Re: Tree help...they are too slow!

  • Subject: Re: Tree help...they are too slow!
  • From: Alttara Scheer alttara@earthlink.net
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 11:22:02 -0400

What I have now is a lot of maples, some oaks, some cherry (black cherry??? I don't know) and a bunch of others I can't ID. I need to learn a lot about tree ID.

I will be getting a magnolia, since my 7 yr. old daughter fell in love with them when a neighbor's bloomed this spring, and I promised her to plant one where she can see it from her bedroom windows.

My son wants the dawn redwood, since they date back to the dinosaur age. (He's 5, and wants lots of ferns in his own garden, for the same reason. I think I'll need to get a ginko, too!)

I've already got 5 Japanese Maples collected for my Japanese Garden. Bloodgood, Sango Kaku, Seiryu, Viridis and Garnet.

I can't decide what, but I want to plant a line of something along the front of the property, for screening, but not total hiding of the house. Either tall shrubs or small trees. I was thinking maybe pears or plums. Serviceberries, maybe? I think I need to go somewhere and look at a lot of stuff, take notes, refer to my books, etc.


On Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at 11:05 AM, NardaA@aol.com wrote:

In a message dated 6/11/03 10:01:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
alttara@earthlink.net writes:

Well, I think most trees look nicer when underplanted. Also, I'll end
up with just under 2 acres for gardening, and want those dawn redwoods,
which get big!

What kind of bugs?

Two acres would be a veritable paradise compared to what most of us have! We
have dawn redwoods all over our neighborhood and they are mostly vertical.
My neighbor next door has one that he complains about all the time which is

You know, the bugs I have no idea about, I just remember when I was a kid
that they looked like little black beetles and they would fall on you and bite.
Also, where I come from the willows were the favorite habitat of the little
greensnakes. I love those little fellows, and wish we had them here. Willows
are best viewed from afar. MHO, and for making waddle fences, that would be
for Tasha and not Martha.

For we half acre people, the best choice is the good ole aristocrat pear,
fast and not much in the way of surface roots. Also has a history for the
northern KY and SW OH people. Magnolias are good, as are ashes,,, at least ashes
don't seem to have the problems that are prevalent in other parts of the
country. I am talking moderate fast growth and no roots. Nothing beats an oak tree,
but the couple that I have planted will probably see me bent over and gray
before I see enough shade from them. Thankfully, the people who first built in
this neighborhood saw the need for quality trees and planted lots of oaks. N.

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