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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 that are foreign to its indigenous environment. It is forced to co-exist with buildings that may project reflective rays and high 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 grew where most other plants would simply curl up their 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 not only of surviving, but also of 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.

Pine, Bristlecone
Scientific Name
Pinus aristata
Bristlecone Pine is a native to the western United States. Extremely slow-growing, it makes an excellent choice as either a foundation plant or in rock gardens. Bristlecone Pine is a reliabl...
Redwood (Dawn)
Scientific Name
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Gentle Grandeur Soft foliage.
Insect and disease resistant.
Lovely bark and fluted trunk.
Fast growth.
Burnt-orange fall color.
Storm-damage resistant.
An all-a...
Smoketree, American
Scientific Name
Cotinus obovatus
American Smoketree is an ornamental plant in its own right. A tough tree, it grows naturally in rocky outcroppings in the lower Midwest. The flowers are insignificant, but the billowy hairs...
Spruce (Oriental 'Gowdy')
Scientific Name
Picea orientalis 'Gowdy
Selected from the graceful Oriental Spruce, Gowdy is unsurprisingly, a first rate ornamental. Three characteristics which separate it from the rest of the species: smaller size, informal gro...
Scientific Name
Calycanthus floridus
Unassuming. Comfortable. Attractive. Somehow this shrub fits anywhere: next to the stone wall, along the border to the patio, or as a foundation plant. In the scurry to place gaudy sensation...
Tupelo, (Black) 'Wildfire'
Scientific Name
Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'
Black Tupelo is a beautiful native landscape tree known for its exceptional fall color. The cultivar 'Wildfire' offers an exciting addition with its reddish new growth that adds splashing co...