Chinese Tallow and other north/south trees?

wildflowermamaNovember 25, 2007

Hi all! I'm in Mesa and we need to plant one tree in our front yard (north exposure) and two in our backyard. I went to the nursery and got some non-committal answers about what would be best to plant. We decided on a Brazilian Pepper for the front (north) yard and a Sissoo and Chinese Tallow for the back (south) yard. I'm reading some concerning things about the Chinese Tallow in other parts of the country (it's very invasive) but I'm not reading anything about local issues. The chinese tallow was attractive to us because of the size and brilliant fall foliage.

I'm just wondering if these are the best options? I have lots of room and am wanting a lot of shade for the back yard and more contained for the front yard. The trees would be on a drip system and very close to the grass which has a sprinkler system so they will get plenty of water.

We have children and a dog if that makes any difference.

Thank you in advance for any thoughts!

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Ok, the trees are in - we switched the Chinese Tallow for a Chinese Pistache.

But, now my question is that the trees have been taped to a stake. All my neighbors who had trees planted had two states next to the trees with a ring in the middle (looks like garden hose) around the trunk with room for the trunk to move and grow. Is this right?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2007 at 4:44PM
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All of those trees are extremely problematic in other parts of the country. I repeat, all of them.
Try to find a different garden center.

If these plants come from a large national grower and they become popular in one place, even if they are not invasive there, they'll get shipped out to other places where they are a problem.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2007 at 12:32PM
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