Demystifying the Art of Tree Selection
It's defintely not as easy as it sounds, is it? Did you know that there is an estimate of 100,000 different tree species worldwide (which is estimated to be about 25% of all living plant species). Thankfully, only a fraction of those trees grow here and even fewer than that are right for what you want/need.
Selecting the right tree doesn't have to be a mystery. The right tree is a tree that is best suited for the area identified for growing and the expectations of the tree grower (that's you!). The right place is where the right tree can grow to its destined size and have minimal or no negative impacts on infrastructure.
Tree Species and Type Selection
When contemplating growing a new trees, it's important to Consider many factors about the site and your expectations and desires for your new trees. Being aware of and Considering these factors will allow arborists and nursery professionals to better assist you with specific tree selection when you're ready to purchase.
Tree Owner Expectations to Consider
Why are you planning to plant and grow a tree? Being aware of your motivations for growing a tree will provide valuable keys to narrowing options getting you closer to your right tree. Are you growing a tree:
- For shade
- For beauty
- As a buffer or screen
- For seasonal interest
- For food production
- To frame a view
- To leave your legacy
Site Factors to Consider
- Amount of air space available for the tree crown
- Sun exposure
- Presence of infrastructure above and below ground (i.e. buildings, fences, signs, lights, utilities, pavement, other trees)
- Soil/rooting space available for the tree roots
- Existing soil type
Our standard minimum recommended distance to plant from underground utilities is 5 feet (this includes gas, electric, water, sewer, and phone/cable). If water and/or sewer lines are old and have not been replaced or lined in the last 20 years or so, it is highly recommended to do so prior to planting-or seek another planting location.
Tree Stock Types