The Great Tree Experiment
After finishing some major backyard improvements last fall, the yard needed to be put back together. After the lawn came some additional trees for shade and/or privacy. These were selected mainly on size/adaptability to their location (dry, hot and rocky) as well as to add some variety from our native Live Oaks (Likely Q. fusiformis) and builder planted Texas Red Oak (Q. buckleyi). We put in some nice Q. polymorpha to start and then selected some Texas Ash (or so we thought). Turns out I needed to be more critical of a nursery's "answers". Fan-Tex Ash is NOT F. texensis. This was early in my "tree leaning" so lesson learned. Still a nice looking tree and the shorter lifespan won't mean much for it's location choice.
Originally from the NE, I still miss the Fall Colors of my earlier years. This led us next to some Chinese Pistache trees. A Texas All Star for the lawn. As the "tree addiction" started to take hold, my knowledge base expanded. A 5 gal "Keith Davey" P. chinensis was soon added and then, soon after, began the "maple phase". Thanks to posters on here such as "LouM Tx" and "ark trees" and some time scanning places like MetroMaples, two 5g Shantung Maples were added in other locations. One "normal" A. truncatum and then a "Fire Dragon" for the front yard. This pretty much filled up any tree space I had in my lawn. The problem was I was hooked and wanted to try and see what ELSE I could grow for fun. My theory was I would grow very small things in grow bags until they didn't make it OR need to find a home somewhere. I have lots of neighbors with room and figured Craigslist might be an option as well (or here). I'd have several years (or more) before the trees needed to be explanted to a new yard. There are too many trees now to get into details about all of them but I thought some spring pictures of many would entertain the tree people on here as well. To save time making sure I got the names right I'm opting for "common" names for now. Some trees are missing from the photos (A. barbatum, Fire Dragon Shantung etc due to forgetfulness - will update soon)
Fan Tex Ash
"Keith Davey" Chinese Pistache
New Buds on KD C. Pistache
The "Tree Lab"
Japanese Maple Corner - Gets Afternoon Shade!
Sango Kaku new growth
"Glowing Embers" JM new growth
Seiryu JM growth
"Purple Ghost" JM - this one was mistakenly sent. We'll see how it does with the Heat down here.
A. pentaphyllum (Left) and A. grandidentatum (Right)
Mexican Sugar Maple - A. schutchii
More Mexican Sugar Maple - this one is in a bag.
Paperbark Maple - this is the only one that seems to be struggling - Too much water? Not sure...
Paperbark Maple leaves looking a tad rough. Suggestions?
Big Tooth Maple Leaves
"John Pair Caddo" Sugar Maple - one of the later ones to leaf out.
New "Caddo" Leaves
Mexican Pinyon Pine - Needed at least ONE pine!
Small Trident Maple
Chalk Maple with Shantung Maple in the rear.
2nd Chalk Maple - I really like this one!
"Autumn Gold" Ginko
Hybrid Loquat Leaf Oak
Silver Leaf Oak
Mexican Blue Oak - hoping this little guy makes it! I see tiny buds though so fingers crossed!
Grey Oak just starting to leaf out
Mexican Royal Oak just budding out
Loquat Leaf Oak
Canby Oak Leaves
Holly Leaf Oak
Portuguese Oak - this one was a bit rough when I got it but there are new buds so we'll see!
European Smoke Tree, Afghan Pine
More in another post...
This post was edited by mattm01 on Thu, Mar 21, 13 at 17:15