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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...
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...
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...