Tree and Shrub recommendations and books

mnfreespiritNovember 7, 2008


My husband and I are in the process of buying a lot on the Big Island that we plan to build on in approx. 5 years. In the meantime I would like to start planting trees and shrubs when we visit so that we will have screening and some slightly mature trees by the time we build.

I prefer natives and of course anything that fruits and/or flowers. The lot sits on a cliff about 170' above the ocean so I assume salty air will be a consideration. The lot is between Hilo and Ninole so I'm hoping there would be enough natural rain to keep things going since we won't be around to water.

Any tree and shrub recommendations would be appreciated - and also any good books on trees and shrubs, Hawaii native plants, and gardening in Hawaii.

Thanks a bunch - it's a big lot so we have lots of work ahead of us!

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Try this. Even though it is for OAHU, it gives great info on plants

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 12:41AM
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Some of the books I've found helpful are: "A Pocket Guide to Hawaii's Trees and Shrubs", by H.D. Pratt. "Poisonous Plants of Paradise", by Susan Scott & Craig Thomas M.D. Sunset Magazine's "Western Garden Book" also has much to offer.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2008 at 12:46PM
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For natives, "Growing Native Hawaiian Plants" by Heidi Bornhorst is an excellent reference.

Also good is "Common Hawaiian Trees: How to Plant the Right One in the Right Place" by the Friends of Hawaii's Urban Forest.

JB Friday's links on native plants will also give you some starting points.

Please remember that Hawaii has lots of problems with invasive species. Don't bulldoze indiscriminately -- find out what is existing on your property. Too many people knock all the native ohia lehua trees, then ask "What kind of native trees are suited for my area?"

Here is a link that might be useful: JB Friday's native plant links

    Bookmark   November 17, 2008 at 12:08AM
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