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Underutilized Trees You Should Consider Planting

Life in the landscape is tough for a tree.

A tree is faced with competition from other plants, sometimes plants foreign to its indigenous environment. It is forced to coexist with buildings that may project reflective rays and wide temperature fluctuations. Worst of all, the vital soil in which it lives has often been disturbed and deprived of helpful organisms. In many cases, the soil is heavily compacted.

Successful landscaping involves not only taking steps to improve the environment, but also utilizing plants with tough constitutions, plants that have proven their worth in difficult growing conditions. Most of these plants have been tested in their native environments and have grown where most other plants would have simply curled up their root tips and died. Foresters refer to these plants as 'poor site indicators.' Most of these plants have limited commercial value but are excellent choices for the less-than-ideal situations found in disrupted environments.

So here are some choices that will stand a much better chance of not only surviving but also 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 tree of interest.

Alder, Italian
Scientific Name
Alnus cordata
The Italian Alder's beautiful foliage glistens lush and green, even during drought conditions. The bark and branching structure provide winter interest. Durable and trouble-free, the Italian...
Baldcypress
Scientific Name
Taxodium distichum
Although native to the southeast, this tree is hardy enough for northern Maine! The Baldcypress grows in swamps and can thrive in year-round flooded areas, but it also survives in dry and co...
Baldcypress
Scientific Name
Taxodium distichum
Although native to the southeast, this tree is hardy enough for northern Maine! The Baldcypress grows in swamps and can thrive in year-round flooded areas, but it also survives in dry and co...
Birch (River 'Heritage')
Scientific Name
Betula nigra 'Heritage'
A reliable, vigorous performer. This tree is native to stream banks in the eastern deciduous forest. In the wild, it usually grows with multiple stems; however, single-stem specimens are le...
Birch (Sweet)
Scientific Name
Betula lenta
The Sweet Birch thrives high in the mountains, often in dry, difficult conditions. Common in the wild, it is rarely offered in nurseries. People often focus on Birch trees with showy bark at...
Birch, (River 'Dura-heat')
Scientific Name
Betula nigra 'Dura-heat'
A reliable, vigorous performer. This tree is native to stream banks in the eastern deciduous forest. In the wild, it usually grows with multiple stems; however, single-stem specimens are le...
Dogwood (Japanese Cornel)
Scientific Name
Cornus officionalis
It's March and you wake up to one of those first, invigorating spring days. Something should be blooming, you think, but around you most plants are still dormant. Enter the Japanese Cornel,...
Dogwood (Japanese Cornel)
Scientific Name
Cornus officionalis
Japanese Cornel is a virtual unknown. And we would like to know why. It flowers in March. The bark is showy. It is resistant to both Dogwood Borer and many other diseases. Urban soil conditi...
Dogwood (Kousa)
Scientific Name
Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way Select’
Exquisite trunk and bark. Lovely flowers. Burgundy, red, and orange fall colors - sometimes all three on the same plant! The Kousa is much more amenable to culture than our native flowering...
Elm (Lacebark)
Scientific Name
Ulmus parviflora ‘Allee’
The refined, regal Lacebark Elm is 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 oran...

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