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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.

Scientific Name: Acer buergerianum
Small to medium size Tolerant of difficult growing sites Glossy, dark-green foliage and pleasant shade Attractive branching structure and exfoliating bark Red and orange fall color Nativ...
Scientific Name: Acer truncatum
A native of East Asia, Shantung Maple (or Purpleblow Maple) performs admirably in North America. It is a tough, medium-sized beauty tolerating urban conditions quite well and exhibiting in t...
Scientific Name: Acer mandshuricum
A small tree that's little known and rarely used, Manchurian Maple was first introduced into cultivation in 1904 when trees were planted in Britain at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Manchur...
Scientific Name: Acer rubrum 'Sun Valley'
Although the Red Maple has red spring flowers, nice shade, and exceptional fall color, it is, as a species, an ornamental inferiority to the flaming Sugar Maple. The Red Maple does hold one...
Scientific Name: Quercus velutina
A common tree in the Appalachian forests, Black Oak is rarely found in nurseries and, unfortunately, is seldom planted. With its rich, glossy foliage, Black Oak is possibly the best shade tr...
Scientific Name: Quercus macrocarpa
Burr Oak, one of the most majestic of our native oaks, is an adaptable tree with a rugged, cork-like bark texture that is especially noticeable when the tree is young. Summer foliage is a ri...
Scientific Name: Quercus montana
The Chestnut Oak, native to difficult growing sites in the Appalachian Mountains, is therefore an excellent choice for contemporary landscapes with their often less-than-ideal growing condit...
Scientific Name: Quercus coccinea
High in the mountains on dry, rocky ridges in obviously inhospitable growing conditions, the Scarlet Oak flourishes. Because of its lower lumber value, foresters consider it a second-rate sp...
Scientific Name: Quercus shumardi
The Shumard Oak is an endangered species in the forests of Pennsylvania, as only a few groves exist in Adams and Fulton counties. As an urban or suburban tree, the Shumard Oak is much super...
Scientific Name: Quercus bicolor
Bold. Durable. And magnificent! In many ways, Swamp White Oak, growing 50'-60' tall with a spread of the same size, is a very similar tree to White Oak. They share the same aura of nobility...

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