Best Planting Size and Time for Blackgum Tupelo Tree
I'm planting a blackgum tupelo tree (Nyssa sylvatica) as the main tree in my front yard. I've read that this tree may be difficult to transplant because of a taproot. With that said, what would be the best time and planting size for the tree? Is autumn an ok time for planting? Should I aim to buy trees that are only below a certain height? I'm fine with planting younger trees as they are cheaper, more adaptable, and easier to dig a hole for. However it will be in the front yard and it isn't a fast grower so I'd want it to fill in its space as quickly as possible without sacrificing the plant's health.
On a side note, I saw some blackgum trees at a local Lowes and they looked god awful. They were really tall (> 9 feet) and every one was leaning over a bunch and stuffed in little pots (12 inch diameter) with spotty leaves. I'm under the impression that a healthy tree shouldn't look like that. They were selling them all for full price. Poor trees that may never find a home.
This post was edited by thapranksta on Mon, Oct 28, 13 at 9:44