Trees for the Yard

Below are links to potential trees for the barn yard and pond area.

Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida. Family: Cornaceae – You can find flowering dogwood trees in well-drained, light upland soils to deep, moist soils along streams and lower slopes. It grows near or under many taller trees including some of the hickories, oaks, tulip tree, pines, red maple, and American beech. It also occurs with smaller trees and shrubs such as redbud and hawthorns. Flowering dogwood is fast growing, short-lived and bears clusters of showy, white to pinkish-white flowers appearing before leaves unfold in thespring. Flowering is followed by red, berry-like fruits that are valuable to wildlife. Many species of songbirds, small mammals, squirrels, and raccoons are attracted to the fruits in autumn. Whitetail deer browse the leaves and twigs, especially enjoying new sprout growth.

Sweetbay Magnolia – The sweetbay magnolia is related to the well-known Southern magnolia. The differences are that its evergreen leaves have a silvery underside, and its creamy white, lemon-scented flowers are smaller in size. It’s typically found in wetland areas. Sweetbay magnolia usually has a single trunk and upright branches, making it a nice tree for planting in outdoor living areas like decks, patios, and pools. Best writeup is here.

Shumard oak, Quercus shumardii, Family: Fagaceae – The Shumard oak is one of the largest species in the southern red oak group. It can typically reaches 90-125 feet in height and 4-5 feet in diameter. Its long bole supports a broad, open crown. The root system is extensive and moderately shallow. Habitat & Range – Shumard oaks prefer deep, moist, rich soils and are generally found bordering streams or swampy areas. Wildlife Use – The fruit is an important component of the diets of numerous species of songbirds, wild turkeys, waterfowl, white-tailed deer, and various species of squirrels.

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