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Tough Trees

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Underutilized Trees You Should Consider Planting

For a tree, life in the landscape is tough.

It is faced with competition from other plants. Plants that are foreign to it's indigenous environment. It is forced to co-exist with buildings that may cause reflective rays and higher temperature fluctuation. Worst of all, the soil that is so vital to it's well-being has been disturbed and deprived of helpful organisms and in many cases, heavily compacted.

An important part of successful landscaping is to, not only take steps to create a more agreeable environment, but to utilize those plants that have a tough constitution. Plants that have proven there worth in difficult growing conditions. Most of these plants have proven their worth in their native environment, growing where most plants simply curl up there root tips and die. Foresters refer to these plants as 'poor site indicators'. Most of these plants have limited commercial value but are excellent choices for the disagreeable situations found in disrupted environments.

So here's some choices that will have a much better chance of not only surviving, but thriving in those almost impossible growing environments...

Woodlawn trees are available in various root size containers, 10 gal. – 280 gal. Not all trees are available in each size. Please contact us for specific information on a certain tree of interest.

Alder, Italian
Scientific Name
Alnus cordata
The beauty of this plant is the foliage which glistens in the sun and remains lush and green, even in drought conditions. The bark and branching structure provide winter interest. This tree...
Baldcypress
Scientific Name
Taxodium distichum
Although native to the southeast, this tree is hardy to northern Maine. It is found growing in swamps and can thrive in areas that are flooded year around. It is not only tolerant of wet sit...
Dogwood (Japanese Cornel)
Scientific Name
Cornus officionalis
Extremely rare…Japanese Cornel is a virtual unknown. But why? It flowers in March. The bark is showy. It’s Dogwood Borer resistant. Disease resistant. Takes urban soil conditions in a stride...
Elm (Lacebark)
Scientific Name
Ulmus parviflora 'Allee'
This very refined, regal tree is also often referred to as the Allee' Elm because of the commonly used cultivar 'Emer II Allee'. The bark exfoliates in a puzzle-like pattern exposing the ora...
Hophornbeam, American
Scientific Name
Ostrya virginiana
A small to medium sized, native shade tree. And quite nice with its flaking bark that somehow blends perfectly with the medium green foliage. Fall color is yellow. Bark and structure make...
Hornbeam, American
Scientific Name
Carpinus caroliniana
Rich summer foliage with a dash of reddish new growth. Fall colors of yellow, orange, red and burgundy. Fine textured structure with fluted trunk to add winter interest.This is a widespread...
Lilac (Peking 'Beijing Gold')
Scientific Name
Syringa pekinensis 'Beijing Gold'
A Tree Lilac with good form and excellent late spring flowers. The bark is not as showy as the 'China Snow' but the outline is superior with a straighter stem and a more balanced growth habi...
Lilac (Peking 'China Snow')
Scientific Name
Syringa pekinensis 'China Snow'
The flowers are pleasing and the bark is sensational, especially in winter when we're all looking for that eye candy in the garden. The reddish bark is reminiscent of the Paperbark Maple and...
Locust ('Twisty Baby')
Scientific Name
Robinia pseudoacacia 'Lace Lady'
A great conversation piece. Twisty Baby is a mostly sterile cultivar of the native Black Locust that inhabits abandoned fields and disturbed sites of Appalachia. The foliage is a striking gr...
Maacki (Amur)
Scientific Name
Maackia amurense
are blooming. Even the scaly bark is quite handsome. Fall color is yellow-green. It is a tough tree that takes compacted and dry soils in a stride. Infertile soils? No problem...this tree fi...

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