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Tough Trees

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.

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...
Maple (Paperbark)
Scientific Name
Acer griseum
Medium green to blue-green foliage
Burgundy-red exfoliating bark
Pest resistant
Tolerant of tough soils and urban conditions
Slow growing to 30' This tree is hardie...
Maple, Manchurian
Scientific Name
Acer mandshuricum
A small tree that's little known and rarely used. Manchurian Maple is a trifoliate maple, closely related to the Paperbark Maple. Manchurian Maple has pleasing bark. The Paperbark even more...


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