Personal Tree Lists?

toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)April 21, 2012

This week I set about making an Excel list of every tree and bush I have which I planted. It grew to include all the older ones in my yard also.

Much to my surprise I have 80 something (70 in the ground) depending on how many honeysuckle will regrow despite the round-up and where the property line is exactly in the two thicket areas.

I did count the dozen or so trees in pots. Yuccas, Hostas and Peonies did not make the list while Elderberry (as one plant) and the darned Grape vines did.

Seems like a lot to me but there are two 'woody' areas bordering my 1.2 acre plot I suppose.

Just curious, to your best guesses how does this compare to your plots of land? I know at least Ken will have more, and an exact number!

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l_james(mo5)

Do you belong to the Forest Keepers? The MO Dept of Conservation has a orginization keeping track of trees and their mast. Check it out if you don't belong.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 4:13AM
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denninmi(8a)

Are you talking about the number of SPECIES or the number of SPECIMENS.

I made a list back in March of the number of SPECIES of trees and near trees (large woody shrubs with tree potential, such as Cornus mas). I came up with 116 on my property.

I added #117 yesterday, I bought a Davidia 'Sonoma' at a local nursery (along with a 2 year warranty and a lot of prayers about the winters, since I think Michigan is pushing it for this tree).

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 6:46AM
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j0nd03

I also made a spreadsheet this spring that has species - common names, bud break, first flower, autumn color/intensity, caliper, last freeze, and first freeze.

I think I ended up with around 80 planted species and around 90-95 total planted trees and shrubs. Of course there is a ton of diversity on the property naturally. I can't fathom a guess as to the true number of distinct species here. I have since added a few more but haven't put them on the list yet.

John

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 8:41AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i have pix on three lists.. conifers.. hosta.. trees/shrubs ... and general garden .. wait that is 4 .. lol ...

but as for dB.. only conifers [which includes all the above] .. and hosta ...

i usually print each out.. once a year.. sorted by bed .. put it on a clipboard ... and do an inventory.. and then.. in all honesty.. never remember to bring it back to update the lists.. lol ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 9:34AM
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farmboy1(5)

I have dated photo albums for each of the 41? trees in my yard, and for many of the shrubs too. Also any plantings or other major issues get logged onto an excel spreadsheet for the house. Geez, and I was thinking I was the only anal.....

vince

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 11:59PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

The internet enables compulsive behavior by bringing similar compulsives togehter! Good to hear a couple of you have more. Believe I read zone 7, Arkansas, Tennessee like, host the absolute most plants so it doesn't surprise me you all have that many. Ken, I can't believe you do up in the great north.

Farmboy, one year I did a photo album. It was a nice touch. The pictures show when everything flowered or when it snowed. That was nice and neat you have a running one.

List looks better in Excel, I have locations and all but it doesn't translate well into gardenweb. Seems more natural sorted by age than by name.

Botanical Name - Common Name - Date Planted - Source
Fraxinus Americana - White Ash - January-55 - Previous Owners
Quercus imbricaria - Shingle Oak - January-55 - Previous Owners
Junglone Nigra - Black Walnut - January-70 - Previous Owners
Junglone Nigra - Black Walnut - January-80 - Previous Owners
Junglone Nigra - Black Walnut - January-80 - Previous Owners
Pyrus ? - Peach Tree - January-80 - Previous Owners
Vitis ??? - Grape Vine - January-80 - Volunteer
Junglone Nigra - Black Walnut - January-80 - Previous Owners
Acer Palmatum - ?Crimson King? Japanese Maple - January-90 - Previous Owners
Cornus Florida - Pink Dogwood - January-90 - Previous Owners
Cornus Florida - Pink Dogwood - January-90 - Previous Owners
Cornus Florida - White Dogwood - January-90 - Previous Owners
Lonicera fragrantissima ? - Bush Honeysuckle - January-90 - Previous Owners
Vitis ??? - Grape Vine - January-90 - Volunteer
Cerces Canadienses - Redbud - January-95 - Previous Owners
Fraxinus Americana - White Ash - January-95 - Previous Owners
Fraxinus Americana - White Ash - January-95 - Previous Owners
Fraxinus Americana - White Ash - January-00 - Previous Owners
Junglone Nigra - Black Walnut - January-00 - Previous Owners
Pyrus calleryana - Bradford Pear - January-00 - Previous Owners
Sambucus - Elderberry - January-00 - Volunteer
Metasequoia Glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood - November-03 - Arbor Day
Cerces Canadienses - Redbud - January-04 - Volunteer
Cerces Canadienses - Redbud - January-04 - Volunteer
Acer Palmatum - Japanese Maple - March-04 - Arbor Day
Acer Rubrum - Red Maple - March-04 - Arbor Day
Cornus sericea - Red Twig Dogwood - March-04 - Interstate Nursery
Ilex ??? - Supposed to be American Holly - March-04 - Arbor Day
Malus x domestica - Dwarf Apple (red or yellow? Delicious) - March-04 - Arbor Day
Prunus cerasifera - Purple Leaf Plum - March-04 - Interstate Nursery
Thuja occidentalis 'Snowtip' - Snowtip Arborvitae - March-04 - Forest Farm
Thuja occidentalis 'Sunkist' - Sunkist Arborvitae - March-04 - Forest Farm
Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea - Barberry - February-05 - Musser Forests
Prunus serotina - Black Cherry - January-06 - Volunteer
Lagerstroemia indica 'Dynamite' - Dynamite Crepe Myrtle - March-07 - Lowe's
Malus 'Prairie Fire' - Prairie Fire Crabapple - October-08 - Forrest Keeling
Rhus Typhina 'Tiger Eyes' - Sumac "Tiger Eyes" - October-08 - ebay
Cerces Canadienses - Redbud - January-09 - Previous Owners
Euonymus ??? - Burning Bush - January-09 - Lowe's
Cornus Florida - Dogwood - March-09 - MO DOC
Acer Palmatum - "Fire Glow" Japanese Maple - April-09 - ebay
Ilex aquifolium 'Lily Gold" - Lily Gold English Holly - September-09 - Forest Farm
Metasequoia Glyptostroboides - Metasequoia "Ogon" - September-09 - Forest Farm
Acer Griseum - Paperbark Maple - March-10 - Forest Farm
Acer Palmatum 'Higasayama' - Higasayama Japanese Maple - March-10 - Forest Farm
Acer Palmatum 'Purple Ghost' - Purple Ghost Japanese Maple - March-10 - Forest Farm
Cornus Controversa - Giant Dogwood - March-10 - Forest Farm
Nyssa Sylvatica 'Wildfire' - Wildfire Blackgum - August-10 - Forrest Keeling
Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea - Barberry - October-10 - St Peters Nursery
Cornus sericea - Red Twig Dogwood - October-10 - Rooted Cuttings
Cornus sericea - Red Twig Dogwood - October-10 - Rooted Cuttings
Viburnum opulus 'Brandywine' - Brandywine Viburnum - October-10 - Forest Farm
Viburnum opulus 'Leonard's Dwarf' - Leonard's Dwarf European Cranberry Bush - October-10 - Forest Farm
Viburnum opulus 'Wentworth' - Wentworth European Cranberry Bush - October-10 - Forest Farm
Metasequoia Glyptostroboides - Dawn Redwood - March-11 - Musser Forests
Picea pungens 'Globosa' - Globosa Blue Spruce - May-11 - Oregon Grown Nursery
Pinus …? - Pine in pot - looks sickly - May-11 - Oregon Grown Nursery
Picea engelmannii 'Bushes Lace' - Bushes Lace Engelmann Spruce - May-11 - Oregon Grown Nursery
Abies koreansis 'Hortsmann's Silberlocke' - Fir Korean 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' - October-11 - Girard Nurseries
Azalea Exbury 'Gilbraltar' - Azalea 'Gibraltar' - October-11 - Girard Nurseries
Picea orientalis 'Skylands' - Skylands Spruce - October-11 - Oregon Grown Nursery
Oxedendrum Arboretum - Sourwood - March-12 - Forrest Keeling
Amelanchier lamarckii - Lamarcki Serviceberry - March-12 - Forrest Keeling

You all keep track of your fatalities as well?

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 12:42AM
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j0nd03

LOL yes I put a big bold DEAD in bold italics! I might add the suspected cause of death if I were not so spiteful towards the deceased for crapping out on me...

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:03AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I know what you mean. Over the years taking the deceased up to the bonfire pit has become a sign of respect. If I am mad at a small tree that croaked due to no perceived fault of my own I just toss it in thd yard and let the mower chew it up next time around!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:25AM
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denninmi(8a)

No, it would be too depressing to keep track of all of the ones that didn't make it, especially over the past few years when deer have been using the young trees to rub off the velvet. My fault because I haven't had the time to adequately protect them. At least I've finally learned my lesson, I've got the big roll of 5 foot welded wire fencing to make the protective cylinders.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 9:46AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

as the years roll on.. and the collection grows.. it is IMPERATIVE.. to keep track of the dead ones ....

for one of two reasons...

so you can replace it..

or never buy it again ...

depending on what reason it died i suppose ...

trust me.. you younguns.. sooner or later.. you will start saying.. boy that name sounds so familiar.. why?? .. what was the deal.. has it been on my wish list forever.. or have i killed it before ...

it is especially important on zone pushers ...

ken

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 11:18AM
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cearbhaill

OCD gardeners represent!!

I keep a list of everything I have planted since I moved in in '07.
I also keep rough drawing of each section of the yard with plants keyed in- I am forever forgetting which daylily is which, LOL.
I haven't added this years additions (which is an alarmingly long list on it's own, I've gone Kousa crazy) but my list is linked below for the curious- it's way at the bottom of the page past the Pet Cemetery.

Here is a link that might be useful: My stuff

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 3:19PM
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calliope(6)

I have lost so many of the puter generated lists over the years mostly due to defunct programs and operating systems. I started throwing tree and shrub tags into a big bin, but had thrown dozens of them previous to that. I don't even bother listing perennials or duplicate trees and no longer bother keeping bed layouts. My obsession covers acres and many are so unusual in the trade if somebody else ever owns this property they'd be hard put to know what they may be contemplating cutting down. I'll come back and haunt them if they do. LOL. I used to buy metal tags to mount on wood stakes in the ground near-by but have even stopped doing that. I'm a nurseryman, so know most of what I planted, other than the cultivar names..........and it's a forest now, so I don't care to know what each one is anymore. I just enjoy them.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 3:45PM
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poaky1

I have photo albums with planted on dates and take a new pic each year and add it to the albums. There are some trees that I haven't added yet though, mostly last falls additions. My Quercus Fusiformis acorns haven't sent out their leaves yet, so I don't know how many sprouted yet. After going around the yard in my mind counting and puting a check mark on paper for each tree I came to 80. There may be more, but it's close I'm sure. I included shrubs and trees only. I forgot to add the 2 Western hemlocks I ordered and the Rhododendron I got out of the woods, also the windmill palm I ordered so 83.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 8:09PM
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