The Q&A Archives: Trees That Thrive At Beach

Question: Can you give me a list of trees that are known to thrive at the beach?

Answer: There are lots of options for you to choose from.

Deciduous trees: Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus), tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum), white poplar (Populus alba), black cherry (Prunus serotina), black locust (Robinia psuedoacacia), and a number of oaks: holly-leaf oak (Quercus ilex), scrub oak (Q. ilicifolia), black oak (Q. velutina), live oak (Q. virginiana).

Evergreens: Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), spruces including dragon (Picea asperata), white (P. glauca), red (P. rubens); pines including sand pine (Pinus clausa), shore (P. contorta), Japanese white (P. parviflora), maritime (P. pinaster), pitch (P. rigida), Japanese black (P. thunbergii).

You can learn more about these trees by searching the Internet, or by visiting your library for a reference book on landscape trees, such as the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael Dirr. It also helps to visit nurseries to see the trees "in person." With the information you collect, you'll be able to decide which of these trees will work best for your design. Enjoy!

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