Trees – Part 3

The big world is a patchwork of tiny places. Small area didn’t mean little. These trees are in a space is about the length of a house.


The black gum, sometimes called Tupelo, is a mid size tree.  It’s slow grower at first but soft gentle, bright green leaves are nice addition to partial Sun place in the yard.  In fall, this beauty becomes a red flame.  It turns early and loses leaves after a month but what a month.


Eastern Red Cedar is an easy evergreen for any landscape.  They like to have dry soil when first planted but after that they can take almost anything.  They can become 25 feet tall and spread about six feet across.  They provide good hiding spots for nests.  The year around green looks good even in winter.  The needles don’t hold much snow, which also means little breakage.


Squeezed in here is a giant.  The Shagbark Hickory will become 75 feet if it has the space.   After about 15 years the bark starts to separate from the trunk.  Giving it a apparently of falling off,at one time it was called shagging.
This guy here is about ten, maybe this year or next it will produce nuts. The nuts fall of on their own.   You can float the bad ones out in a bucket of water.  Worms inside trap air inside the nut causes them to float.  Nuts can be roasted.  The wood is used to smoke meat as well.


The Streamco Willows are a sure sign of water. They can be started by cutting a thin branch and sticking then in mud.  About 50% will grow.  These babies won’t fit in the picture.   The largest is about 80 feet tall.   It took about 3 year to get over 30 feet.   Another 3 and it’s this big.   I chose to keep them together to build a wind barrier.  They have an upright pattern, meaning they branch up not out.   Even when they have lost their leaves, they can be thick enough to block wind.   Staggering them would be better for this.


The Sand Cheery is a small shrub.  It’s nice red leaves should fill out well.  If you plant it in the Sun.  In half shade, it looks a lot like this.  Small at 2 1/2 feet but could reach about four feet high and wide in more light.  There are little white flowers in May.  It would like dry ground but can live with some water.


Although the Honeysuckle was shown in last post, thus is the whole thing.  Thus monster is 9 feet wide and about 7 feet tall.   You should be able to see red and orange berries.  The birds love these things.  The seeds get eaten and deposited near a nice shady area.  You will never have one.   Nor will you probably have to buy one, those nice birds.  Great for places where nothing else will grow!


A popular shrub is the Wine and Rose’s Wegielia.  It had red leaves and red blooms.   The blooms will open shortly.   A great choice because it’s not picky.   Give it some water and dirt and it’ll grow.   They are a little chaotic, this guy had been trimmed to the shape.   You can try to increase your plants by sticking the cuttings into mud.   I have keep fall cutting alive over the winter to create more of them.  Cutting are best trimmed to about two feet long and half of the length into the ground.


The Silver Maple is super common in the Midwest.  It’s cheap and easy to grow.   Home builders like to throw these in the front yard or a couple out back.   They grow quickly to.   This is about fifty feet tall and took about 10 years to get there.   They can get rather large if nothing else is near by.   Their radios growth means they can lose large branches in storms.   So they aren’t ideal once you own the home a builder planted one in a small front yard.   But with some space they are great shade tree.


Putting all these together and it’ll look like this.   Biodiversity in action!

13 thoughts on “Trees – Part 3

      1. We have clay for soil. When is wet is easy to dig up. I went really shallow. Our ditch is only about 15 inches deep. So running a 4 inch pipe a hundred feet and drooping down a foot over that length means niot a lot of digging


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