oak trees

Top 4 Trees To Avoid Planting

With thousands of species of trees, it can be difficult to find the “perfect” tree for your landscape. However, there are a few things you want to consider when choosing:

Mature height/width - When planting trees in Athens, Ga., it’s easy to forget about how big the tree will actually grow over the years, which makes it important to plant it far enough from the house and other valuables to make sure it doesn’t end up just getting in the way.

Growth rate - If you are looking for privacy, you might want a tree that grows faster than others. Make sure to check the growth rate on the tree of your choice and plant accordingly

Root system - Placement has a lot to do with this as invasive root systems can be annoying, they might be worth in when planting the tree of your dreams as long as they are placed in the right area, such as far away from septic systems or water lines.

Fruit- It’s important to take into account what type of fruit a tree produces whether its nuts, seeds, or balls and make sure they are in an area that these fruits wont become bothersome.

Flowers - Sometimes flowering trees don’t smell as pretty as they look, such as the Bradford pear in Athens, Ga..

We have made a list of some species you might want to avoid altogether, listed below.

 
 
  1. Cottonwood - Aside from them being very adaptative and hardy in this area, these trees are complete nightmares! They are one of the messiest species in the south, dropping branches, easily uprooted, highly likely to be infested with insect and disease and carrying invasive root systems. This is a species you’ll definitely want to avoid.


 
 

2. Bradford Pear -Bradford pears are one of the most invasive species in this area. They are likely to be seen lining driveways, in neighborhoods and more. The habit of these trees is co-dominant leads shooting up from the trunk, causing it to split becoming too top heavy over time. They also produce white showy flowers in the spring that bring with them a very harsh pungent odor.

 
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3. White Mulberry - Take every downfall of the cottonwood, and add to it a large amount of pollen each year, as well as bird droppings covering your yard from the fruit available and you have a white mulberry.

4. Hackberry - One of the messiest species, the Hackberry is known to have issues with pests, bird and branch droppings, diseases and more.

Tree planting and selection can be a difficult task. North American Tree Service has over 35 years of experience in the tree car industry staffed with Certified Arborist’s to provide you with the best recommendations for your yard. Call today to schedule an appointment for tree planting in Athens, Ga.

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What Type of Oak Tree Do I Have?

Georgia’s state tree is a live oak for good reason! All different types of live oak trees populate this area heavily. Oak trees have about 450 different species, with over 20 of them being native to Georgia. We have listed out a five different types of the most commonly seen oak trees in this area.

White Oak (Quercus Alba)

 
 

Towering at 65-85 feet, the white oak is one of the most popular trees in the area. This tree is specifically used in boat building due to its rot resistance and durability. Showy fall foliage gives this one its personality turning red to orange in the fall. These trees can only be transplanted when they are very young due to the deep tap root that penetrates deep into the soil. Cutting this might forfeit the tree altogether.

Southern Red Oak (Quercus Falcata)

 
 

Slightly larger than the White Oak, the Southern Red is another favorite species of Georgia, making its way to 115-125ft tall. It has 7-11 waxy lobes on its leaves, making it easily distinguishable. It prefers full sun in the Georgia heat so it would be a great shade tree to plant in bare areas. It tolerates drought however, mulching at the base and regular watering are preferred.

Willow Oak (Quercus Phellos)

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Streams and rivers are the common residence for this type as it requires lots of water and good drainage to thrive. This medium sized tree is uniquely distinguished from other oaks because of its long pencil leaves. The fruit of this tree are small acorns, providing food for birds, squirrels and other animals.

Pin Oak (Quercus Palustris)

Fast growing, easy transplant and pollution tolerance, this tree is a favorite for neighborhoods all over the area. It’s not picky with the type of soil its planted in either and can adapt well to any environment. Their wood is very heavy and often used in general construction and for firewood.

Water Oak (Quercus Nigra)

 
 

This tree is commonly identified by its spatula shaped leaves and smooth, brown bark. This provides a great shade tree or ornamental because of its spreading canopy. Like all other oaks, it has a very fast growth rate and adapts well to any type of soil.

Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana)

 
 

Last but not least, Georgia’s state tree is a Live Oak, commonly found on the coast near Savannah and surrounding areas. This beautiful tree has a root system that runs for miles, yes, MILES and is very adaptable. Covered in spanish moss, these trees provide a number of benefits from aesthetics to shade.

Is your tree not listed here? Our tree experts at North American Tree Service can properly identify each and every one of the trees in your yard if necessary, while providing a written report of the health and risks of them as well. If you’re looking for tree service in Winder, Ga. call North American Tree Service, tree experts since 1980.

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