Esh -- Natives for Woodland Area
Esh -- Recall our postings late last year regarding the woodland area at my house that I want to fill with natives?
I'm actually starting a little sooner than I thought when we last talked about it. The total area is about 1/3 acre and it is a semi-circle in my backyard (will eventually be split by a dry creek bed) and then runs up the side of our house to border half of our front yard.
I had originally thought I would just wait 'til this coming autumn to get started, but I think I want to go ahead and get started on the plantings in the part of the woodland area which extends to my front yard. I will admit that it is partly because I am desperate to plant...SOMETHING...and the back yard is still so sloshy and churned up from construction and rain and more rain and more construction. I really can't get to that part UNTIL this fall.
The area that extends to the front gets dappled sunlight/part shade, moving toward full shade at the back. The only existing trees are 2-3 very tall and spindly sweetgums (hate them, but they provide the only shade and to remove them all would be expensive) and one half-way decent tall, spindly oak (...I think...some kind of oak...really skinny tree...really big leaves). Toward the end of the dappled shade, I have various junipers and moving toward some crape myrtles which border my front yard. I originally thought I would put out dogwoods, because I love them, but I tried one last year and I think I set the Olympic record for the shortest lifespan of a newly planted tree. The area gets plenty of water as it's on the bottom of a pretty good incline and has the sweetgums as canopy. I was really surprised that it died, to be honest.
Got any native tree ideas?