The Q&A Archives: Growth requirements for Japanese Dogwood and Tricolor Beech

Question: We live on a newly established golf course with clay soil and frequent windy conditions, particularly in spring. There is plenty of sun. Is it possible to successfully grow a Japanese Dogwood tree as well as a Tricolor Beech tree? If so, can you give me advise as to how to procede best? Thank you in advance for your troubles.

Answer: Unfortunately a windy site would not be favorable for either of these plants, nor would heavy clay soil. The site you describe is very challenging in terms of harsh growing conditions. I think you may need to begin by selecting some wind tolerant plants to create a wind break first before you begin looking at some of the finer specimen type trees such as these. You might want to consult with a landscape architect to help you create a long term plan for how to go about doing this, or work with your local professional nursery staff to identify wind break plants that would grow well for you, then in time when they have grown enough to be effective, expand your plantings. Some typical windbreak plants that should grow well in full sun include lilac, arborvitae, juniper, crabapple, and Norway spruce for example. Good luck with your new landscaping!

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