The Q&A Archives: trees

Question: I need to plant some trees. One for shade and privacy (preferably w/ flowers that will grow quickly) and two for front yard landscaping...need to be medium sized and very pretty! Any suggestions?

Answer: Amelanchier is a small tree or large shrub; among the first woody plants to produce dainty white flowers in the spring; purple applelike fruits in June; gold to red-orange fall foliage; adapted to planting along ponds, rivers, and streams; will grow in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. The cultivar, Autumn Sunset, of downy serviceberry is recommended for Kentucky. Cultivars of smooth serviceberry suitable for Kentucky include Prince Charles and Cumulus. Probably the best summer fruit for birds; they absolutely love these berries!

Dogwood (Cornus) are small trees; large, showy white flowers in midspring; bright red berries in fall; crimson autumn foliage; common understory tree; slow growing; varieties of flowering dogwood recommended for Kentucky include Cherokee Chief, Cherokee Princess, Cloud Nine, First Lady, Pendula, Purple Glory, Rainbow, Rubra, Summertime, Sweetwater, and Welchii. Larval food for the spring azure butterfly. Birds love the berries!

Mulberry (Morus) Heart-shaped or variably lobed leaves; red to dark purple fruits in late spring; clear yellow fall foliage; grows best in full sun; the fruits are edible by humans and wildlife love them; they can become invasive in some cases. Sexes are separate, and male and female trees must be planted to obtain fruit. This species has been known to attract the most spectacular flocking of birds of any fruiting tree. Larval food for the mourning cloak butterfly.

Hickory is another good choice for your area. Enjoy your new trees!

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