Looking for a tree

Sandy255April 4, 2013

I live near Louisville KY. Soil is heavy clay. Looking for a fast growing shade tree thats roots are not invasive as it will be close (maybe 200 feet) from a septic drainage field. Not too conserned about the height or foilage. The last few years here the summers have been very hot and dry. This tree will be used to provide shade to pets.

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greenthumbzdude

you can never go wrong with a white oak (Quercus alba)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:54AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

A septic field 200 feet away should not represent a concern in choosing a tree. Consider whatever other factors you think important, and stop worrying about the septic field.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:47PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Liriodrendon tulipfera, called tulip tree around here, grows fast and has the shade tree shape.

Metasequoia grows well in most of Kentucky but is pyramidal as far as our lifetimes are concerned.

The oaks have a bit of an unfair rap as slow growers. I say pick one with fall color that grows well.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 10:38PM
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lucky_p

Hard to go wrong with an oak, but there are are plenty of good choices in other species.
My fave is the bur oak - native to KY, tolerant of a wide range of soil types & pH, drought-resistant once established fast-growing yet long-lived; large green leaves, corky bark, even on 1-yr twigs, interesting acorns, and striking winter silhouette. Fall color? None to speak of - but it's a standout the other 50 weeks of the year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bur oak

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:49AM
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viburnumvalley(z5/6 KY)

Here's another good reason to plant a Bur Oak...

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 11:01AM
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lucky_p

VV,
Is that the one?
Gonna start grafting some today...

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 11:37AM
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