Trees that Require Little Aftercare for Coast

edlincoln(6A)March 8, 2013

I've taken to planting something whenever I visit my parents, to give me something to do. They recently lost a lot of trees to a combinations of beetles and storms, so there is plenty of room.

The problem is, I then leave, so I can't give these things proper aftercare.

This strategy has actually worked with holly, but not pines.

What trees have a decent chance of surviving if you plant them and then ignore them? I understand this strategy will inevitably lead to some casualties.

It is a coastal area with acidic soil that is a mixture of sand and clay, and with a lot of wind. Zone 6, coastal Massachusetts. The plants that seem to thrive there are Eastern Red Ceder, White Pine, and Holly. Native plants preferred.

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Blueberries are native bushes that thrive on acid soil and moisture. I'm not sure how they like wind or coastal conditions but it could be something for you to investigate. Get multiple varieties for good cross-pollination if fruit is desired. They bloom, have fruit, attractive fall color, and are pretty care free.


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