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November 26, 2010

Shade trees for the new house

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Now that I have decided I can surround the tree holes with large rocks and fill in an area around the hole with a mixture of potting soil, compost and the heavy clay from the hole, I want to check out various species of trees that will survive and prosper. There are many to choose from. Of course, I want fast growing shade trees.

The Bur Oak was suggested by a nursery as being a lovely shade tree, but it grows slowly about one foot per year. It grows to 20 feet tall and lives sometimes 200 to 300 years, becoming massive in stature. I think this is not for me. I like the idea of oaks as they are native to my place, but I need something that grows faster and I really am not worried about 200 years from now.

The "Autumn Purple" White Ash, Fraxinus americana, 'Autumn Purple', is a seedless male tree and is grown in moist areas. This fast growing White Ash tree grows 2/3 feet per year. It is almost pyramidal with a round top when young, but gradually slows down and develops an oval shape. Autumn Purple Ash trees prefer a sunny location.
This deciduous tree develops a consistantly outstanding deep red, maroon or purple fall color. There are few if any trees with longer lasting fall colors. The Autumn Puple Ash tree makes a great tall shade tree and it is tolerant of soil type and watering. I'm putting this on my list.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 26, 2010 2:35 AM
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