Trees are one of the most important plants in your garden, in terms of size, cost, and impact. Long ago, I read some garden advice which is to be taken seriously: plant your trees first, placing them in the landscape should be the top priority in your garden plan. If for no other reason than that they take a long time to grow.
Another good piece of advice I followed over the years was to use smaller, younger trees when planting. Even the ones called “whips” will grow better and faster once they are established. Besides the fact that it is much more economical to buy the smaller sizes than a very large tree.
What is a tree?
One source says: “A woody plant with one main trunk and a rather distinct and elevated head.” But there are the shrubby trees that blur that definition. Some give an arbitrary height of a woody plant over 13′. Both ideas work well in our understanding of a tree. They are certainly the largest of the plants in our gardens.
We know trees are useful: shade from the sun, structure to the eye, trees maximize the beauty and worth of our landscape.
Create permanent landscape accents with Wayside Gardens' long-lived trees
Trees are sometimes grown for the interest of their foliage, especially the autumn show of fall colors.
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