With our last two children we (The Hub) planted a tree on the day they were born.
Cerelia – Crimson Queen Maple
Quade – Harvest Gold Mongolian Linden
Wanting to continue the tradition I’ve just called a local nursery today to see if they would even have any trees on hand when this child comes. Presumably April 6 (that’s the ‘due’ date but I tend to see due dates come and go). Luckily the nursery said they will be getting bareroot trees on April 5. With our other two summer-born kids we had time to purchase the trees well before planting time, prep the holes, etc. and then once babe
was born, the Hub went home and had to only remove them from the container, back fill and water them. This time I fear he’ll have everything from the purchase to the watering to accomplish in the same day – if I do hang on a while past perhaps we can at least get it purchased, bring it home and keep the root ball soaked until planting.
Now, what to choose . . .
My daughter’s tree is beautiful with its dark purple/burgundy leaves but the bark has shown to be very susceptible to sun scald – a splitting of the outer layers due to cold/warm fluctuations in spring and fall. Not the most Hub City adapted tree.
Swamp White Oak
My son’s tree was touted locally as a very good choice and so far has been lovely and not shown any signs of stress.
I’d like to get something different, pushing for a diverse landscape so I’m leaning towards oaks, (evergreen was the next
choice but those do not come bareroot and container plants won’t be showing up in stores until later), though another linden (basswood) is not out of the question. I asked the woman at the nursery what would be on hand:
- Shamrock linden – 40-50′ prefers moist well-drained soil, also attracts bees when in bloom, potentially spreading root system
- Redmond linden – 60-75′ tall, pyramidal growing to oval, drought-tolerant, yellow flowers attract bees
- Front yard linden – 60′, pyramidal, more vertical and good for smaller settings, very adaptable
- American linden – 50-70′, aromatic flowers, adaptable, tolerates alkaline soils
- Swamp White Oak – 60′, lateral branching, leaves have whitish undersides hence the name. Used to shade large areas
- Burr Oak – 70-80′, large specimen, highly adaptable and native to our area, long-lived.
- Northern Oak – (red oak) – 65-75′, adapts well tourban settings, fall color – red.
Not sure what we’ll end up with. All of these are tall shade trees, and we definitely need the shade as the oldest tree in our yard is my daughter’s that was planted 5 1/2 years ago. It’s hard to picture what our yard will look like in 15 years. I think another goal this summer will be to take a survey of our
trees and shrubs. I haven’t mentioned the ones I’ve purchased at city surplus sales (apple, cherry, plum), from the Arbor Day society, and some discount stores (American Larch) or
planted from seed (Catalpa). All of which started much smaller than a container or even bareroot tree purchased from a nursery, those can be anywhere from 5 – 12′ tall.
How many big shade trees can a regular city lot support? When we were looking at buying
our house there were 5 large Elm trees on it – all were taken by Dutch Elm, does this mean there is room for another big shade tree? Will root systems be a problem with sidewalks, foundation or sewer lines? Will my garden area need to be moved as the trees mature and block out more sun? What is the best placement to provide cooling shade to our house in summer or wind protection in winter?
Well, at the least I have until tomorrow or 3 weeks from now to figure this out – Ha!