Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Colors So Brilliant in The Legacy Sugar Maple


The Legacy Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum ‘legacy”) is a part of the aceraceae family. It is the maple with the most tolerance towards shade, which is one of the reasons it is in high demand. It has a shape of the oval. This tree would be great in large parks because of the view it provides, especially during fall when the leaves are stunning shades of orange and red. In warmer climates they tend to be a spectacular yellow color. A greenish-yellow flower is produced in 1-3” clusters come the middle of the spring season. The bark is an eccentric color of grayish brown when it reaches its point of full maturity. This type of tree can be tapped for maple syrup, which is another great characteristic.

This tree grows to be very large ranging from 40-80 feet in height, 30-40 feet in width, and at an average of 13-24” per year. This tree unlike many others has a great number of tolerances having to do with climate, weather, soils, even wildlife such as deer and rabbits. Clay, sand, and loam are among the different types of soils that it can tolerate, as long as they are moist with a decent drainage system and contain extra phosphorus for positive root development. Also make sure to fertilize every couple of years. Its leaves have a leathery feel and are able to resist heat, leaf tatter, and drought. It also has environments it cannot thrive in such as areas of high pollution, salt, or leaf scorch. The leaf scorch can be caused by drought resulting in verticillium wilt. To keep the tree in its required moist state, putting a 3-inch layer of mulch will help it with this and can cause it to grow faster than non-mulched trees. Making sure to give it at least one inch of water weekly will help too; make sure not to let it dry out. By adding nitrogen it will make for a deep green leaf growth, but avoid this technique towards the end of the growing season as it will cause a forced vegetation growth leaving it with no chance at hardening before the winter months. Full sun, which is anywhere from 3-6 hours per day, will give it superb flowering capability and luscious fall foliage. The best spots for a lot of sun are at the southwestern parts of buildings if there objects casting shade upon it.

When preparing to plant the tree, make the hole about 3-4 times the size of its root ball with the same amount of depth, putting back at least half of the original soil when filling in the hole. If you live in a windy climate, make sure to place stakes on either side of trunk. When the weather starts to get warm and dry, watch for verticillium or fusarium wilt, which can happen due to soil, previous plants or infected seeds. It results from cool, moist conditions and infected weeds as well. When and if it becomes infected, make sure to remove so it does not cause spreading to other trees.

A pest such as aphids, cause stunting and deformities of leaves and buds by sucking the moisture out of them. They also transmit viruses by piercing the leaves with their mouthparts. They are described as green, brown, or black and with or without wings. A good thing is that it would take a lot of them to cause any kind of serious or permanent damage. They can also be the cause if the tree were to obtain sooty mold due to the aphid’s production of honeydew. You should watch for them in the spring and fall months. You can rid your tree of these pests by using a pesticide treatment.

You can get you Legacy Sugar Maple at our TN Nursery for a low wholesale price, which we offer, on everything. We have all your landscaping needs, from perennials to shrubs to berry trees. At Wetlands you can view all we have to offer of the native type. There are many types of grasses, trees, and others.

The Leyland Cypress Tree

The Leyland Cypress Tree (x cupressocyparis leylandii) grows to be about 60-70 feet in height and 15-20 feet in width at full maturity. If it is amongst others in a row, it gets 20-30 feet in height, and 6 feet in width. It grows at a fast rate of 3-4 feet per year, being most popular for a privacy hedge, windbreaker, and sound barrier. To make the wall, you have to plant each individual tree about 6 feet apart to allow room for growth. Also you want to plant them at the right time, which would be size weeks before the first frost sets in. Make a hole about twice the height and width of the root bed, and pack the soil tightly. Make sure it is in a spot where it can get its recommended amount of full to partial sun. It is classified among the conifer evergreens being how it contains seed in the cones instead of by a flower, and also the fact how it stays one color of dark green all year round.

Leyland Cypress is a hybrid of both the Alaskan cedar and Monterey Cypress with attractive needles turning blue-green at full maturity. The needles are green and pointed with a soft feather texture feel to them. They can be pruned to any shape and size desired depending on the individual tree, but if you decide not to, it will keep a uniform, symmetrical shape commonly referred to as the Christmas tree. They contain a rather pleasing fragrant aroma when the needles are broken.

Being able to tolerate salt and drought, is one of its many exciting features, others being that it can tolerate many soils like sand to clay. A resistance to many insects, diseases, and deer is another important one. To help it further in resisting such things along with stress, you need to give it exceptional care by fertilizing, watering, and pruning. By pruning it does a great deal of many things like promoting stronger growth and minimizing snow and ice damage. It also improves the tree’s structure, vigor, and lifespan. The ideal month to do this would be in July, and also be sure to mulch the bed, and at the same time ridding it of any weeds immediately as these are threats to the well being of the tree.

If the tree happens to experience any dead, broken, or diseased branches, you will wont to remove and dispose of them since they can cause a decaying-fungi that can end up infecting other parts of the wood. Just like many other trees, this one is susceptible to a number of diseases and pests. Seiridium canker, cercospora needle blight, root rot, and botryosphaeria canker are a few of the common diseases. Pests include bagworms, bark beetles, cypress weevil, spruce spider mite, and spittlebug. A good pesticide will help with these issues.

This bewildering tree can be found at the TN Nursery where we offer it at a great low wholesale price! Come see all of our great offers, weekly specials, and native lands we have to offer. At Wetlands, it is all about Native products like several types of grass, shrubs, and trees, so come see what we have to offer you.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Spectacular Autumn Beauty of the Red Maple Tree (Acer Rubrum)

Autumn is more that just a forerunner to sometimes dreary winter months. It is when nature chooses to remind us of her splendor, and all the rich colors that accompany it. One of the best examples of this is the Acer Rubrum, also called Red Maple. The aptly named tree displays different red hues which deepen during autumn. For this reason it is one of the first trees most people associate with the rich colors of the season.

The Red Maple can reach as much as 150 ft, but its height generally ranges from 50 – 80 ft. Clearly it is not the first choice for the average homeowner, but with adequate space one or more trees can make quite a difference. If you have a large garden or lots of yard space, stately Red Maples can add to the overall look. They are also popular choices in many park areas as shade trees or just to create a pleasing landscape. The Acer Rubrum is one of the numerous varieties of maple available at many plant nurseries.

Advantages of the Acer Rubrum

Many trees and plants have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to the Red Maple the pluses are many. From the outset, the young tree’s roots adapt to any soil type. This is generally true no matter what the conditions are. They are also for the most part more resistant to pollution than many other types of trees.

Even areas that are prone to flooding are generally fine to plant the Red Maple. There is much evidence that long periods of flooding have left many of these trees with little or no damage. Conversely they can also adapt quite nicely to extremely dry weather by limiting their growth until conditions improve. Your plant nursery of choice is likely to suggest the Acer Rubrum as the first choice for the above reasons. Be sure to ask around as some nurseries may be offering them on sale, ensuring that you get the best deal possible.

Maple Syrup

When you hear the words Red Maple, you are likely to think of maple syrup. The Acer Rubrum is a known source, but the window of opportunity for harvesting is smaller than it is with other varieties. It is not the first choice for most maple syrup producers, but the sap it produces is in fact of similar quality and flavor.

Very few trees say autumn as much the Red Maple does. It conjures up images of children rolling around in piles of brightly colored leaves, and maybe a few adults too. It is also known for its fruit, an elongated double samara that spins circularly as it falls. This has earned them the nickname ‘helicopters’. With many Red Maple trees living to over 150 years, you can be sure of great autumn colors and beautiful memories for years to come.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

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