Q. Do you have a suggestion for what type of tree to plant in a backyard?

We'd like a shade tree that would grow quickly and have the potential to be tall. We have just cut down an old cherry tree that was quite large. We had the stump ground down.

Answer

Katie, for your replacement tree, first be sure you properly dig a hole and prepare it for planting.  Be sure the sides of the hole aren't compacted.  I always soak the tree, in the pot, in a solution of water and 1/2 tbsp. miracle gro plant solution till all bubbles have stopped, then put it in the hole, being sure it is at least (is not a little higher) than the original soil level.  Water well and give it a deep watering once a week, but not a flood!  A lovely native tree is Oxydendrum arboreum or sour wood, or lily-of-the valley tree.  It grow 20-50 feet.  You might call Redbud Nursery to see if you have it.  But they are difficult to find of any size.  Also a common tree is a maple, but you don't want a Norway or Silver maple as they are invasive or soft wooded.  You can call H&R Landscaping, Plymouth Meeting to see if they have one of either of  these trees for you.  I'm not sure if they would sell it to you if they don't plant it, but they can get larger trees.  Thank you for contacting PHS.  ep

  • Last Updated Jan 08, 2019
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  • Answered By Aska Gardener

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