The Hybrid Willows are extremely rapid growing which distinguishes them from non-hybrid types. They will adapt to dry soils but need to be watered regularly until established. It is recommended the bare roots should be planted between November and May to avoid heat and drought.
White Birch has a nice narrow, pyramidal size and a chalky white bark that looks great all season long. The leaves rustle in the wind. They are popular and resistant to attacks by insect pests. The challenge is to select a growing site where the soil will remain cool and moist, but where the tree will also receive full sunshine on its leaves for much of the day.
White oaks are a large tree usually growing in forests with other oaks, but can also be found on edges of lakes, ponds and streams. Leaves will often stay on the branches of younger trees in the winter.
The White Flowering Dogwood is a small, bushy tree distributed throughout the eastern United States. The bark resembles alligator hide due to its deeply ridged and broken properties. It develops best as an understory species accompanied with other hardwoods but can be grown from seed planted half inch deep in late winter.
Originating in China, the Weeping Willow is a known focal point in any yard or field. These wide, tall trees have drooping branches, like Mother Nature’s curtains sweeping down to the ground. These long, elegant branches make it easy to identify.
The Tulip Poplar, also known as the Tulip tree, is one of the largest of the native trees of the eastern United States. It is actually not a poplar at all but a member of the magnolia family. Roots are fleshy, bark is brown and furrowed while branches are smooth, lustrous and initially reddish while maturing to dark gray then brown. Typical form of its head is conical.
The Trumpet Vine is a deciduous vine found in thickets, dry woods, railroads and long fencerows. Vines should be thinned throughout the groFew shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree. The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives”.
Of all the members of the White Oak family, the contrast of the leaf color from top to bottom is the most apparent and back side bleached. Thus the specific moniker “bicolor” is very much suitable. Branches grow flares of bark but as the bark matures becomes ridged and furrowed.
Sugar maples can survive in a wide variety of soil types but for maximum tree growth and sap production, soils should be moist and well drained. They can be found in canyons, ravines, valleys and streambanks, but also found on dry rocky hillsides. The common name refers to the use of species for making sugar and syrup.
The Silky Dogwood is a large shrub grown in an upright rounded form. When young the stems are a stunning bright red in the fall, winter and early spring turning to a reddish brown come summer. As it matures, the stems remain the reddish brown year round until eventually maintaining a gray pigment. Although sometimes mistaken for Red Osier Dogwood, the brown pith and blue toned fruits distinguishes this from its lookalike. Although highly tolerant of shade, they do not thrive well in droughty conditions.
Rose of Sharon is a hardy deciduous shrub. It is upright and vase-shaped. Individual flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day. However, buds are produced abundantly on the shrub’s new growth providing prolific flowering over a long summer blooming period. The Rose of Sharon requires ample moisture and some protection from midday to afternoon sun to flower at its best.
Red-osier dogwood is a common shrub throughout Michigan. It is especially abundant in wet meadows, marshes, and swamps, but it does well if planted in an upland habitat. The stems are green in the summer and red in the winter.
Red Maple is one of the most common trees in our area. This tree can be found just about anywhere, including forests, stream banks and fields. It is a pioneer tree, which means it is one of the first to take over a field. It is also often an understory tree, growing beneath larger trees. Due to its adaptability has made this species a common tree in home landscape. Red Maples extend from Florida and west to Texas and Minnesota.
Although often confused with the Scarlet Oak, the Pin Oak grows in nearly pure stands on shallow sites that drain poorly. Scarlet Oaks are an upland species preferring soils with good drainage. Another unique identification for this species is the mature trees branch positions. The upper branches will point upwards, middle branches perpendicular to the trunk and the lower branches slumped downward.
Few shrubs are easier to grow than ninebark. This North American native tolerates an array of weather conditions and is largely left alone by animal pests. Newer selections bear foliage in bold shades of purple and gold. It may suffer from powdery mildew, especially during extended periods of wet weather but is otherwise virtually carefree. The common name comes from the bark, which continually molts in thin strips, exposing a new layer of bark, as if it had “nine lives”.
The Common Lilac is a popular traditional plant with striking flowers. These blooms make for lovely flower arrangements. It is best planted in areas with good air circulation to reduce powdery mildew problems. They also tolerate road salt and exposed windy sites.
The Hazelnut tree is a deciduous that is closely related to trees such as birches and alders. Hazelnut trees bloom and pollinate in winter. They can be very winter hardy. When planting, it is recommended to soak roots in water for up to an hour prior to planting to increase survival. Taking about 3 years to begin harvesting nuts, a mature tree can produce up to 10 to 15 pounds of cleaned seed. They can last in commercial production for up to 40 years.