marilyn_sue

What trees do you have in your area or on your property?

Marilyn_Sue
October 18, 2019

The trees I have on my property are quite a few. Lots of black walnut, different oak varieties, maples, including sycamore, yellow poplar, mulberry, black cherry, locust, buckeye, and different elms. We also have this very invasive and hated Asian Honeysuckle. It is very difficult to get rid of, it may be just a shrub but it gets pretty big and crowds out all the other good things. What trees do you see when you look out and around you?

Please put where you live.


Sue in Central Indiana

Comments (100)

  • amylou321

    I am embarrassed to say I have almost no idea. We have acreage surrounded by woods in Alabama. I know there are lots of pines,probably some oaks, and I planted an olive tree on a whim. I also attempted to plant some cherry and fig trees,but they died. Lots of different trees surrounding my house. I only have one in what one would call our "yard." I put all my bird/hummingbird feeders in it and I love it but I still dont know what it is.. .


    Ooo my one neighbor has a pear tree which is positively LOADED with those red pears every year. She never picks them but I have a good view of it from my house and I enjoy watching the deer raid it daily.

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  • Rusty

    "Does anyone know a good site for identifying trees?"

    Bob_cville, I don't know of a good website, but have you tried The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees? I have found it (and all the other Audubon Field Guides, too,) wonderful for identification. You don't have to be familiar with the terminology, you identify by pictures, leaf, bark, seed, etc. Then you go to the family and species section, where you can read all the info about that tree. it's also a very handy size to carry with you.

    Rusty

    ETA: Here's a link: Audubon Field Guide

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    ETA: almost forgot the honeylocust tree, Gleditsia triacanthos (19)

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    Apple tree in my back yard

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  • Mike McGarvey

    Acer macrophyllum, Oregon Big Leaf Maple, showing Fall color on the bluff in the lower garden near Seattle.


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    * Ulmus parviflora does self-seed a bit, but not nearly the nuisance that native maples, ashes, or cherries are. The seedlings, for the first year, are easier to pull than any of those...and perhaps due to a lack of outcrossing - no other lacebark elms around - there are very few of them. So it seems most seeds are not viable.

    ** not going to wade in the debate in various soil forums or whatnot, but it is clear that rhodies planted in the areas where I rototilled in permatil or turface 10 years developed deeper root systems and were more resistant to the recent drought than those planted on my standard 'leaf litter atop clayey loam'. Still I'm just reported my results, not actually 'recommending' what I did. I have no use for the controversy. Also showing more drought resistance were the rhodies planted on the 'hugelkultur' mound I created...so maybe that will be an acceptable alternative to those who cannot abide by the rototilling. Even though it's a known practice for golf course and athletic field maintenance.

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  • bengz6westmd

    davidrt, my Ulmus parviflora flowers profusely in Sept w/the accompanying hum of honeybees working them, then the branches bend from the seed masses, but I've never seen a seedling. Apparently none are viable -- no other compatible elms around.

    And there is a certain cryptomeria cultivar planted at a Hagerstown rest home that none of them ever show any browning or branch loss no matter how cold/snowy the winter is.

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  • Marilyn_Sue

    I did not put down any of the fruit trees and red bud and dogwood I have planted. I have close to seven acres and most is woods. Maybe 3 acres are not. Can't grow a peach or cherry tree, darned deer kill them. Other than that, the deer don't bother anything else for me. Raccoons, that is another story.

    Sue in Central Indiana

  • Anne

    I am in DMV (dc,md,va) and we have multiple firs , black walnut, maple, what we call weed trees. Anyone hear about the call for donations of walnuts? The dept of natl resources or something wants them and I can’t find the info

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  • bengz6westmd

    Anne, blacks walnuts are one of the most numerous "weed" trees here in west MD. Literally thousands & thousands of them everywhere. The nuts actually have a stronger, superior taste than the store-bought English walnuts, but very difficult to both crack the nut then retrieve the "meat". Some stores do sell the "meats", but very expensive.

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  • Jeff Singleton

    Zone 5A Central Maine......we have poplar, white birch, ash, red oak, red maple, sugar maple, balsam fir, white spruce, white pine & red pine.


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  • Eric Thompson

    Here we go

    water, willow, blackjack, sawtooth, swamp chestnut, post, burr, red, mexican white, nuttall, swamp chestnut, shumard, southern red and white oak.

    sweetgum, texas and fuyu persimmons, ash, southern magnolia, loblolly, shortleaf and longleaf pine, sassafras, chinese silk tree, chinese tallow(trying very hard to get rid of this disgusting tree), sugarberry, black tupelo, black willow, devils walking stick, bald cypress, common button bush,sycamore ,eastern red cedar, china berry, crepe myrtle, 2 kinds of elms, think they are American and winged elm, 3 or 4 different types of hickories, hercules club, yaupon, black locust, e.hopehornbeam, sweetbay magnolia, sliver maple, sugar maple, red mulberry, redbud, wax myrtle, methly plum, keifer pear, mexican plum and chinese chesnutt.


    Some of these I planted myself. Could name a few more but they have died off like the black walnut.

    Some could or could not be considered trees. Only 2 we seem to have problems witch are the tallow and yauon. Both grow out off hand.

    The fastest growing tree we have is the black willow but very brittle.

    Slowest is the post oak, but awesome tree. Very tough, but does not like anything to mess with it root system though.

    Best and fastest wind screen is loblolly pine.

    Favorite tree will be white oak, but for now its the swamp chestnutt oak.

    As you can tell wildlife love our place.

    worst mammal, hogs, hogs and more hogs. Favorite mammal whitetail deer


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  • Eric Thompson

    The only tree i wish we did have is the flowering dogwood,

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  • Lars

    Eric, it sounds like you live in Texas, like my brother. My brother's friend Randy Tate was in two episode of American Hoggers.

    When I lived in Austin, I had a Spanish Oak tree in the front yard, and the back yard went down to a creek that had I don't know what. I had nicer trees when I lived in Houston, but I don't remember what they were, except for the banana tree in the back yard. I think I had a live oak in the front yard, which was common in my neighborhood (Montrose).

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  • lgmd_gaz

    benzg6westmd, the black walnut is a very numerous tree here in west PA too. And as you say the nuts are hard to crack...but worth the work. I have seen many on the ground that squirrels have halved, but this one in my pic is a first. I sure wouldn't want to experience the bite of whoever chewed the 4 holes in this one and cleaned out the meat. The shell is still fully intact. I am guessing the resident chipmunk.

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  • bengz6westmd

    lgmd, whatever chewed thru that prb'ly wore down half their teeth. You could put a tiny candle in it for Halloween....


    I've eaten black walnut ice-cream & black walnut cake, & the flavor is wonderful (better than English walnut).

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  • raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

    Anne in DMV, the Virginia Dept. of Forestry has this page up on their site: Collecting nuts and seeds to donate

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  • sjerin

    How I wish we could have flowering dogwoods here! When we sold my mom's house in Portland, it was hard to say goodbye to the big, beautiful one she had in front of the house. Gorgeous, but it's just to warm here to get my wish. I do wonder how much longer those trees will thrive in Portland, as the Earth warms.

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  • mntreegrower

    The Twin Cities area & central Minnesota


    Native and non-native trees already on site:

    Balsam Fir

    Boxelder

    Silver Maple

    Sugar Maple

    Roundleaf Serviceberry

    Paper Birch

    Bitternut Hickory

    Black Ash

    Green Ash

    Eastern Red Cedar

    Ironwood

    White Spruce

    Colorado Spruce

    Red Pine

    Eastern Cottonwood

    Bur Oak

    Northern Red Oak

    Staghorn Sumac

    American Linden

    American Elm


    Trees I’ve planted besides more of the above:

    Red Maple – cultivars Northwood, Scarlet Jewell, Autumn Spire

    Sugar Maple – native plus cultivars Fall Fiesta, Green Mountain, Inferno

    Blue Beech

    White Ash – Northern Blaze cultivar

    Black Walnut

    Tamarack

    Ponderosa Pine

    Eastern White Pine

    Quaking Aspen – okay, not yet, but next spring I’m putting in a stand of them

    White Oak

    Swamp White Oak

    Northern Pin Oak – just planted one last week!

    Canadian Hemlock.....yes, I have a sickness for planting trees.

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    Quercus agrifolia

    Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

    Cupressus 'Swaines Golden'

    Lagerstroemia (several)

    Pittosporum tenuifolia (several variants thereof)

    Syzygium austral (as a tall hedge)

    Metrosideros excelsa 'Gala', Metrosideros 'Spring Fire'

    Bismarkia noblis

    Acer palmatum 'Osio Bene', 'Emperor I',

    Cistrus 'Valencia', 'Cara Cara', Key Lime, 'Improved Meyer' Lemon, Mandarin

    Avocado 'Fuerte', 'Reed'.

    Alluaudia procera

    Aloidendron 'Hercules' :

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  • HU-435404624

    Nice. Tree Aloe in the pic with no name?

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  • djacobz568sewi

    I live in the city on a typical sized lot, small. I have a beech tree at the curb, which is really a city tree, but I reap the benefits of the shade, I also have a large “true” red maple (I was told this by an arborist—- the leaves are more cranberry colored. Doesn’t turn those beautiful red and gold colors that other maples do.) I also have a box elder (that has been problematic), a weeping Picea Pungens #5 the blues (which I understand will certainly outgrow my yard. I was given wrong info when I purchased) two arborvitae trees, a dwarf Japanese Maple, a Lions Head JP, dwarf weeping pussywillow tree and a Limelight Hydrangea tree. I also have two ancient lilac “bushes” which are more like small trees..... :-)

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