Then he said, "I meant on my side of the fence. I am not using that strip for much."
What a great neighbor!
The current plan is to have a mix of tall trees and shrubs. I want it to look pretty because the Captain will see the top of that hill every time he drives up his driveway.
|Scarlet Oak will be the backbone of the taller trees. They have fiery fall color.
|And they have a prolonged juvenile stage when they hang onto their leaves well into the winter. That is a desirable trait in a windbreak.
|Persimmons have a habit of suckering. I will be scouting around for suckers from some of my better seedlings.
|I like the way Redbud looks when planted in drifts. While there are improved cultivars with denser flowering, the wild-type specimens tend to be open and lacy. A single specimen can disappear into the background.
Redbud is native to Michigan and we are near the northern limit of its range. It likes to grow on the cusp of river valleys where the horizontal uplands break downward. Like Pawpaws, Redbud is a tall bush that suckers eagerly, perhaps because the individual stems tend to be short lived. Pawpaws and Redbud are tolerant of partial shade.
Wild Black Cherry
There are already few Wild Black Cherry growing north of the gap shown in the photo. The trunks are free of limbs for the first fifteen feet and don't do much to block the wind. I plan to tuck a few Redbuds beneath them to stiffen the gap.