Replacement trees for z8b Mobile
Hi. We are having six big trees taken out from our yard. I want to plant some nice deciduous trees which won't end up creating a hazard with hurricanes. So no pine trees-- we're taking out four monsters, any one of which could destroy the house if it fell. And the water oak with all its seedlings to pull each year, and the rot inside the trunk, it is already down and hauled off to the lumber yard and to friends who want some good firewood. Then the blooming blankedy-blank sweet gum with all its prickly balls and roots destroying the garage, it will be going too.
I know that ghinkgo biloba is a slow growing tree, but I do so want to put one out front. Maybe a couple of cypress which are native to this area, they won't make knees if they are not submerged in water. I'd love to have a good Japanese maple which is always attractive in smaller yards. It won't be out in the open, but standing near the neighbor's oaks which will keep it shaded in the summer heat. A river birch (betula negra) can be messy and have shallow roots, but it grows quickly. Nothing to grow into the power lines, but we are thinking of burying the power and cable pretty soon.
I am looking for some new species of crape myrtle which are NOT supposed to be knuckled and which can grow pretty tall--just look at the ones in the middle of Dauphin St. down by the Springhill Medical Center here in Mobile, they are magnificent.
Redbuds grow fairly fast, but I'm not sure I want one. Then I really want an American holly which will stay green and over by the north side of the yard it won't keep too much of the yard in the shade.
Is anyone else planting trees this year? What are you considering? Any ideas for us? I will be buying soon, and with slowgrowers I want to buy as large a speciman as I can find.Within reason on price, of course. :)