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Newbie101
Oct 25, 2017 8:55 AM CST
Can I plant trees in zone 6 in mid Nov? I live In southwestern Virginia. I'm ordering them and that's when they'll be in. The weather has been crazy here, Friday is suppose to be in the mid 60s and Sundays lows are in the 20s, we've had several frost here and I'm new at all this. I can get the trees for a fraction of the cost if I order them now. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Xeramtheum
Oct 25, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Unless the ground is frozen solid, now is a good time to plant trees. They should arrive to you dormant or going dormant.

What kinds of trees are you wanting?
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DaisyI
Oct 25, 2017 8:11 PM CST
It depends upon your Zone 6. I wouldn't plant anything this time of year in my Zone 6. I would be storing it in the garage until spring.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 25, 2017 8:46 PM CST
I just planted 3 trees in my daughter's yard in Salt Lake last weekend. The leaves haven't even hardly started to fall there as yet but they're expecting their first freeze this weekend. As Anne said above, as long as the ground isn't frozen, it's a good time to plant.

You will just have to make sure to mulch them deeply, not piled up around the trunks, but over the root ball. This is to help hold moisture in the soil, and to keep the roots from freezing and thawing before winter really sets in. Use leaves, wood chips, or pine needles, or even leaves mixed with grass clippings will work. Straight grass clippings aren't so great because they mat down, and shed water.

Then just keep an eye on them so they don't dry out if there's a long dry spell in winter (as we have in Utah almost any time of the year).
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Southwest Virginia
Newbie101
Oct 25, 2017 10:05 PM CST
Thank you guys so much!! I really appreciate the information!
Xeramtheum, I was going to plant some maples, October glory and Autumn flame, but I was told I should look into Bradford flowering pear trees. I don't know which to choose now, should I plant maples or Bradford pears 🤔???
About 5 years ago a gas company stripped the land here and they filled it back in, so we have a huge flat yard, but no trees. Also I am on top of a mountain, so I get a couple more hours of sunlight than all of my neighbors here do , so even though I live in zone 6 allot of plants that my neighbors can plant in the sunniest part of their yard will burn up in my front yard. I've had to move 6 of my hydragea plants to my back yard. So I am in desperate need of some shade, lol!


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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Oct 26, 2017 10:08 AM CST
I'd go for the Maples. Bradford Pears are beautiful when they bloom and when the leaves turn in the Fall, but they aren't very robust trees. When mature they don't do well in very windy places or with ice storms as the wood is brittle. You get a lot of breakage. In some states, Bradford Pear is considered invasive because it is receptive to cross pollination and when birds and other critters eat the fruit they end up dropping the seeds everywhere - but not in Virginia yet. Also the flowers stink.

Have you considered native Virginia trees? Here is a link to a list:

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/na...

Make sure with whatever trees you get that you take into consideration how tall they grow and how wide and space them accordingly.
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