There are many beautiful trees that we carry, some are fast growing, others are slower. The maples are slower-growing, compared to the willows and poplars, but can still develop quickly. Others trees have very colorful leaves in the fall, like the maples, birch, and ash. Some will grow into wide-spreading shade trees like the American Sycamore, White Ash, and the oaks. While others are very narrow and better for borders like the Ameri-Willow and Lombardy Poplar.
So many new items for next season, and we have shuffled others around into other sections... but the Catalog is kept current. Use it for reference...
Some of the trees we lumped into the "Hardwoods" section are actually better suited to the fast growing section, like the American Sycamore, Black Cherry, Tulip Tree, Sweetgum, and Siberian Elm, to name a few. We may move them at some point, but generally we think of these more as shade trees. Like many trees, if given the space, they will fill-out or get broad rather than growing taller and thin. Plant trees closer together, and the competition for sunlight will force them to grow "thinner".
Depending on your plant zone and the purpose in mind, there are plenty of nice hardwoods that should work well. Consider any of these for shade, but also some can make nice accents in the corner of a yard, line driveways or fence lines, or be a focal point to draw visual attention.
Many of the hardwoods are great for shade if you have the space. then the wide-spreading hardwoods can fill an empty space magnificently! But, for small courtyards, even large container-planting, there are small trees like the Japanese Maples, Trident and Amur Flame Maples, the Eastern Redbud, the Flowering Cherries and Plums, the Magnolias are small to medium-sized, and dont forget the Dogwoods (some are small trees). All of these have relatively small root-systems when they are mature.
Tree care is always asked about. Generally, all trees, or at least most of these in this section, prefer full sun, but partial shade (or at least a half-day of full sun) is fine. Most trees prefer moist but not too-wet or too-dry soil. The rule of thumb is that if the soil is "moist to touch", by sticking your finger in the ground, then that is about right. Too moist feeling, then dont water. Too dry feeling, then start watering again. The average soil type is fine for most trees. Whatever you have, is what you have to work with... which generally is fine. But if your soils are very sandy, clayey, or rocky, then it helps to add organic materials. We always suggest putting a thick mulch layer around trees (and shrubs), which will decompose over time to help further improve your soils condition. That is anything from compost, to leaves, lawn clippings, straw, bark, etc.
Always add some fertilizer, it doesn't really matter which kind or brand, fertilizer is fertilizer is fertilizer... You can get fancy and add fertilizer to improve blooming like for the flowering cherries or magnolias. Or you can use a concentrated type or high-nitrogen fertilizer to push growth in the early spring. If you put mulch around the trees, then some fertilizer is likely needed. But if your soils are normal, then some at least once a year helps. Poorer soils would improve a trees growth quite a bit if fertilized regularly.
There are volumes of notes and information we can add about the Hardwoods, some of which we have added to the group-specific webpages, like the Oaks, Ash, or Maples. Just click around and learn more...
There are many beautiful trees to learn more about. Check out these sites --
Maples - The Color of Fall
The Perfect Fenceline Tree
Ash, Oaks, Magnolias, and many others are available too. See them in the Catalog. Go there... ... Click here
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