Melinda's Garden Moment: Using Uncommon Trees in Your Landscape


Try uncommon trees for diseaseresistance and variety.

TheKatsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) tree'sblue-green leaves flutter in the wind and turn a clear yellow in fall when youmay even notice a faint smell of cookies.

Themusclewood (Carpinus caroliniana) isa small scale shade tolerant tree. Itssmooth gray bark, unique flowers and fruit along with the yellow, orange or redfall color give this tree year round appeal.

Thegraceful and shade tolerant hemlock makes a perfect focal point in the gardenor backdrop for other plants.

Concoloror white fir (Abies concolor) mayresemble a Colorado blue spruce, but its softer texture and disease resistancemakes it a better choice.

Checkout the bark on this Heptacodium. In early fall this small tree will be coveredwith fragrant white flowers followed by decorative fruit.

Visit your local botanical garden and arboretum for other lesser used treesthat will thrive in your location. Thesenew additions will make your landscape stand out from the others in theneighborhood. And, more importantly,diversifying landscape plantings can help you avoid problems like Dutch elmdisease and Emerald ash borer that occur when we overplant one type of tree.

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