Every once in awhile we have misfits. These are either shrubs and trees that were mislabeled or hard to tell what they really are. A common problem is placement.
This is a Chestnut, specifically a Horseshoe Chestnut. Chestnuts are no longer native here, so we borrowed them from China. This tree was cut down over 12 years ago, then it grew out of trunk as a shrub. It has five branches each stretch about 6-10 feet in different directions. It should be a 20-35 foot round shrub with super shiny clusters of leaves.
This is an Arbor Day mystery tree. Labelled as a Golden Raintree, there are no yellow blooms and it’s the wrong shape! But other than that…. This resembles a lilac. It would have bloomed already if it was. It’s about eight feet tall and has nice glossy leaves. It’s good looking tree but unknown until it produces fruit or blooms.
The perfect place for a Robinson Crabapple in the front yard! It has drainage. It gets water. Even blooms! But it looks like a $5 tree, four years later. It has red leaves to provide interest. It’s six feet tall column. It could get 12 feet tall, but it’s in need of side branches
The little guy here is a Forsythia. It’s in deep shade and has dark leaves. The only issue it is buried under trees. Even in spring it doesn’t bloom much. They have soft yellow blooms that often are first things out in March. They make great hedges and will go eight feet high. Mostly they are trimmed much smaller.
Here we have an Arborvitae. This is a little different then most I see in catalogues. Although, it is considered a fast grower it took five years to grow from two feet to six feet. It has grown drastically last year. It is starting to separate a bit. The branches are spreading away from the center. In my climate, work large snowfall it requires a little help. This winter either it gets wrapped in burlap or cord to keep it shape. Otherwise, next year this could be more porcupine looking with spikes more prevalent.