The Corkscrew Willow is a fast growing ornamental tree that has beautiful twisting branches. The branches can be cut and used to decorate in the same way a pussy willow’s branches are used. They grow up to 30 ft tall.
Corkscrew willows are not picky about soil type but like all willows, they prefer a lot of water. The roots will invade sewer and water lines if planted too close, so be careful about planting location. They grow well in zones 5 through 9.
Our corkscrew willow was purchased in the fall of 2014, and we ended up planting it in a temporary location. It will be moved soon to its permanent location. (Picture will be updated.) Trees that are moved need a little extra water to make sure they survive the shock.
There are basically 2 times per year that the large box stores such as Lowes and Home Depot sell fruit, shade, and ornamental trees; spring and fall. In October 2013, we purchased a pretty little flowering snow fountain weeping cherry tree. It has white blossoms and is doing even better than the pink flowering cherry that we bought before it.
May 9, 2015 Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry 6 ft 10 in
We decided to purchase a locally grown live Norway Spruce to decorate our mudroom this Christmas. It is about 4 to 4.5 ft tall. After Christmas we planted it in the front yard. It was very cute and welcomed our guests to the farm for the holidays.
Next year we might try a blue spruce or maybe a white pine. We also plan to try a cut tree for our main tree in the living room. The bigger and prettier that artificial trees get, the harder they are to put together. This year we used a tree that we have had for a while but were never able to fit it in our old living room. It took me two days just to assemble it not to mention a day or two to decorate.
As a side note… The after Christmas clearance sales on Christmas merchandise is a great place to stock up on all Christmas supplies for the next year, especially the expensive LED light strands. This year we found 25 count C7 LED light strands for $1.45 per box and miniature 65 count LED light strands for $1.98 per box.
Autumn Blaze Maple Planted August 2013 9 ft tall (front yard)
We planted this autumn blaze maple in August 2013. Autumn blaze maples are one of the fastest growing maples available. It was produced as a hybrid of the silver maple and the red maple and retains several of each of the parents trees good qualities. From the silver maple it gets its fast growth rate and adaptability, and from the red maple it gets it’s beautiful fall color and it’s harder stronger wood. The stronger wood means there is less breakage in rough wind than with the silver maples. The leaves of the autumn blaze maple are medium green with red veins running through them. In the fall the leaves turn a beautiful bright orange-red color and remain on the tree longer than most other deciduous trees. The autumn blaze maple grows to be 50-60 ft tall and 30-40 ft wide.
Maple Tree (1) Planted August 2013 2 ft 10 in tall (front yard)
These little trees are saplings from a mature 50+ year old maple tree that sits in our (former) neighbor’s yard. The parent tree is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure what type of maple they are, but suspect them to be a sugar maples. They suffered some from drought conditions but we are going to see if we can pull them through.
The sapling below has a few small green leaves on it though you can’t tell it from the picture. As soon as I set it out, a rogue chicken came along and plucked all of its leaves off. And this little guy was minding his own business. We will see if it survives with so much going against it.
Maple Tree (2) Planted August 2013 1 ft 8 in tall (backyard)
Information about Sugar Maples
Sugar maples are slow to medium growing deciduous shade trees. They are the best maple to choose when you are thinking about tapping to make maple syrup, because their sugar content is double that of other maples which results in needing less sap to make more syrup. The sap of the sugar maple usually rises sometime between January and April. When the sap is in this process, the tree may be tapped to gather some of the sap to make the deliciously sweet maple syrup. The leaves are medium to dark green and turn amazing shades of yellow, orange, red, or even all three on the same tree in the fall. Sugar maples get long-pediceled flowers in the spring that give way to their saramas (winged seeds). The sarama hang on throughout the summer and mature in the fall. The seeds germinate in the spring.
Red Sunset Maple (1) Planted August 2013 8 ft 7 in tall (side yard)
We planted this red sunset maple tree in August 2013. Red sunset maple is a fast growing maple tree that reaches 50 ft in height with a canopy spread of 35 ft. The tree has red flowers early in the spring that give way to red winged seeds called samara. The new leaves have a reddish tint in the spring before they quickly turn glossy dark green with red veins running through them. In the fall the leaves turn bright orange-red. The new twig growth of the current growing season is also red which gives the tree much visual interest in the winter months after the leaves have fallen. The surface roots of many maples can buckle sidewalks and driveways so care should be given when deciding on placement.
Red Sunset Maple 1 May 2016
May 9, 2015 Sunset Red Maple (1) 10 ft
Red Sunset Maple 2 May 2016
May 9, 2015 Sunset Red Maple (2) 7 ft 10 in Planted Spring 2014
Northern Red Oak (1) Planted August 2013 6 ft 6 in tall (front yard)
We planted two northern red oak trees in August 2013. One sits in the front yard and the other the backyard. Northern red oaks are fast growing deciduous shade trees. In the spring its new green leaves have a reddish tint before becoming glossy dark green in the summer and then brilliant red for autumn. It grows to about 80 ft tall and it’s canopy has a spread of 45 ft. It grows best in well drained soil and tolerates urban and street planting well.
Northern Red Oak (2) Planted August 2013 6 ft 10 in tall (backyard)
May 9, 2015 Northern Red Oak (1) 7 ft 3 in Tree Moved 2014
Soey’s Tree Sophia standing next to the tree that my mother bought in her honor.
This tree was a gift from my mother in honor of her youngest great-granddaughter (my granddaughter) Sophia. It was planted August 2013. My mother, like myself, loves all kinds of trees and enjoys a variety of them for visual interest. She also loves her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and regularly seeks gifts that she can bestow on her loved ones that will remain long after she is gone. It is her way of reminding us that she loved us and will always love us even after she is no longer there to tell us herself. This is definitely the message that my heart hears loud and clear with no mistake. 🙂
Pin Oak Tree Planted August 2013 6 ft 8 in (side yard)
Information about Pin Oak Trees
The pin oak is a fast growing deciduous shade tree with glossy dark green leaves. In the fall the leaves turn to a brownish red color and the tree retains most of it’s leaves into and through the winter. It can grow up to 3 ft per growing season and reach the height of 70 to 100 ft tall. Its canopy can spread nearly as wide as its height. It likes moist to swampy ground and prefers full sun but can tolerate shade as long as its not full shade. The soil should be at least slightly acidic to make this tree happy.
Pin Oak May 2016 Replacement for Sophia’s tree that was eaten by Millie the Mule.
Nat’s Tree: Natalie standing next to the tree my mother bought in her honor.
This tree was a gift from my mother in honor of her oldest great-granddaughter (my granddaughter) Natalie. It was planted August 2013. My mother, like myself, loves all kinds of trees and enjoys a variety of them for visual interest. She also loves her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and regularly seeks gifts that she can bestow on her loved ones that will remain long after she is gone. It is her way of reminding us that she loved us and will always love us even after she is no longer there to tell us herself. This is definitely the message that my heart hears loud and clear with no mistake. 🙂
Weeping Willow Tree Planted August 2013 9 ft 6 in tall (backyard)
Information about Weeping Willow Trees
Weeping willows are fast growing deciduous trees with drooping branches that sweep the ground. The leaves are long and slender. They emerge yellow-green in the spring, turn darker green in the summer, and turn yellow in the autumn. Weeping willows can grow to be 50 ft tall and nearly 50 ft wide at maturity. They have been known to grow 5 to 10 ft in a growing season. Their roots can be intrusive on septic systems and water pipes and should not be planted to close to the house. However, the roots can also be helpful in drying swampy and marshy areas as they drink up a lot of water.
They have medicinal qualities as well as beauty. For centuries people have chewed the bark of the weeping willow to treat headaches and to reduce inflammation and fever. The bark contains the chemical salicin which is similar to the chemical acetylsalicylic acid, an active ingredient in aspirin.
Tulip Poplar Tree Planted August 2013 2 ft 5 in tall (front yard)
This little sapling is the offspring of a mature 30+ year old tulip poplar that my dad planted in his yard. My dad is one of those guys that can name just about any tree he sees. Its a talent he learned from growing up very close to nature in the deep country of Kentucky. I love to hear him tell stories of when he was a young boy and he and his brothers would go out in the woods and cut down young gum trees to make wheels for home made go-karts.
Recently, I had the opportunity to walk our farm with him, my husband, and our two granddaughters to look for walnut trees. I really love the exuberance that he has for the things that link him with his childhood. Listening to his fond memories warms my heart. 🙂
My dad has a high respect for the tulip poplar. It is one of the few kinds of trees that I know of him choosing to plant in his yard besides fruit bearing trees and a blue spruce. He has planted at least 3 of them himself, and to me, that speaks of his fondness for the tulip poplar. I am so happy to have one planted in my yard now as well.
Information about Tulip Polar Trees
The tulip poplar is also called tulip tree, yellow poplar, or white poplar. They are a fast-growing deciduous hardwood tree that soars to 120 ft at maturity. It is not uncommon for them to grow as much as 3 ft in the growing season. Their leaves have 4 large lobes that resemble the outline of a tulip and in the fall they turn from green to bright yellow. In the springtime they produce large tri-colored flowers of green, yellow, and orange high in their canopy. The tulip shaped flowers contain seeds called samara which are seeds with wings. In the fall, the flowers start to drop these seeds and continue to drop them throughout the winter. The winged samara help produce saplings some distance from the parent tree. Over all this is a very beautiful tree with a lovely symmetrical shaped canopy that provides a ton of shade as it graciously offers its branches for a swing or two.