Today’s theme is more on survivors. Most of these were either in a bad space or some other tree took away there own space.
The grey narrow leaves here belong to a Russian Olive. It doesn’t set fruit, but is very hard to kill. They tend to spread and take over areas. Some states have actually outlawed them. Well, no chance in it taking over. It lived quite peacefully but a Willow and Honeysuckle bush have converged in its space. It could have been eight foot wide and ten feet tall. Its only those dimensions at an angle. It grew to fit the open space.
This is a Red Bud Tree is a sign of spring. It’s trunk is lined with wine red buds. The flowers follow the branches not the tips of the branches. This is a native tree. It’s not as hardy as it seems a native should be. Portions of the tree are subject to dead fall. For no apparent reason it happens. Trimming get the dead off usually gives the tree a fresh growth spurt. This is a tree the Arbor Day people sell for 10 trees for $20. Full grown they rarely top 10 feet. Most likely will be 8 to 10 feet wide.
The European Birch is a baby. This is a tree from the clearance bin last year. It was put near some Pin Oak Trees. The Pin Oaks are out of control but provide shade to help this fellow establish itself. While it is a 5 foot stick, the future could bring a graceful arching tree 15 to 20 feet tall. Normally they will have multiple (2-4 trunks) that will stay kind of tan. Not as pretty as most birches, but fairly hardy with better tolerances of temperatures.
Winesap Apple Tree is another tree in the wrong get spot. It simply didn’t keep up with the Pin Oak in the last few years. As with most Apple trees having another kind of apple that blooms at the same time will give you a better harvest. The tree has never produced well because the pollinating tree has past on to the Orchard in the sky.
Scotch Pine Trees are evergreens. But allows have brown patches. They look half dead a lot of the year. They love wet ground. My swamplandis perfect for them. The tree in the middle is about 65 feet tall. It leans a bit. Several birds pick off the dead ends for nesting material.
Black Chokeberry is a shrub. It’s an escapee of incredible endurance. It’s everywhere. It’s a bird feeder for Cardinals, Robin’s, Blue Jays, Tufted Titmice, and Cedar Wax wings. Needless to say, the seeds are spread by them well. I kill off dozens of these a year. The will get 15 feet tall and as wide as they can. They fill the space given to them.