Tree Selection - Knowledgebase Question

Livermore, CA
Question by pegster57
November 15, 1999
Please give me some suggestions for trees that grow well in my area. I don't like trees that drop anything but leaves, therefore I don't want a flowering tree. I hate pine needles. I have a really nice lawn, so I'll need a deep rooter. I want a fast growing tree, that will eventually have a large spread, however, I want the shade to be somewhat filtered because of the lawn below.

Not too picky, am I?

If you can include ANY tips on keeping the tree from forming shallow roots, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks much.

Answer from NGA
November 15, 1999


I'd say you have some very particular requirements for your tree, but there are several that fit within the criteria. Some trees are deeper rooted than others, but a tree planted in a lawn where moisture will be frequently applied will have an abundance of roots growing close to the surface of the soil.

Fruitless mulberry is a fast-growing, wide spreading tree. (The female, or fruit-bearing species can make quite a mess!) Catalpa grows fast and makes an excellent shade tree. If you're looking for fall color, Sweet Gum, sometimes called Liquidambar, would be a good choice as well.

Hope at least one of the above suggestions appeals to you!

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