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Native Trees?

Posted by ronnj1 (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 23, 10 at 20:22

Hello All,

All of my mature maple trees are dying with Verticillium wilt. The neighbors have lost there trees also. I would like to replace these trees with a resistant, relatively fast growing, decidious native species. I live in Western Hunterdon County. The soil is red shale. Any suggestions?

P.S. I hope the tomatoes make it this year.


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RE: Native Trees?

Last year was the worst ever for tomatoes!! I just started my tomato seeds for this year.

Sweetgum (Liquidambar) grows at a reasonable rate (not fast) and is not bothered by much. Black Gum (Nyssa) has beautiful fall coloration. Red Oak is reasonably fast for an oak. Just a couple ideas.....

RE: Native Trees?

I'd second the Black Gum. I have a big one in my yard - it has beautiful fall color, nice shape, tough; and it has small fruit that make it a bird magnet in the fall. Not sure why people don't plant it more often. My only complaint is that it tends to drop twigs a fair amount.
I wouldn't plant a Sweetgum anywhere where people ever walk. The gumballs on the ground are a real pain. Literally, if you step on them wrong.


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