My Trees

For living on such a small plot of land, I actually have quite a few trees.  Some of them I like, some I hate, and some I just do not know what to think.  Here is the rundown.

Poplars

Mowing just keeps them short.

Mowing just keeps them short.

By now, everybody knows I hate the poplars.  If I know how to get rid of them without poisoning my yard or damaging other trees I would.

Honeycrisp

The thimbleberries make it seem like a midget tree.

If you look closely, it is there.

This tiny tree actually had a few apples last year, although I only let one grow, since it was close to the trunk.  Then it got pruned by deer and did not even blossom this year.

The Big Hazelnut

My Lopsided Hazelnut

My Lopsided Hazelnut

This tree is the reason I have not just rototilled the poplars out.  I am too afraid of damaging its roots as well.  Even though all the nuts seem to be hollow, it is a nice shade tree and the kids love to climb in it.

Belmac

Belmac

Belmac

This apple tree is growing a lot faster than the Honeycrisp, but I have not seen any blooms yet.  And yes, a good weeding would definitely make it happier.  At least we pruned out the blackberries and poplars!

Pine Tree

What killed this pine?

What killed this pine?

This tree was happy, and then suddenly died last summer.  I suspect the herbicide my neighbors sprayed along the property line had something to do with it, but have no proof.  It must be removed before this year’s storm season.  Unfortunately, it is too close to several buildings for us to do ourselves, though, so calling an arborist is a must.

Mystery Ivy Tree

What is this thing?

What is this thing?

We do not know what is actually under all that ivy.  Once we clear out the brush pile, though, it is coming down so we can build a bike shed.

Small Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

After several years, they are finally happy.  Next Spring we will pot one up and give it to my parents so the other one has room to grow.

Big Mystery Tree

Yes, it is alive -- sort of.

Yes, it is alive — sort of.

This tree is half-dead, and I have been wanting to cut it down for years.  The birds absolutely love it, though, so my husband will not let me.  Fortunately, there is a sapling ready to take its place soon.

Replacement Tree

Replacement Tree

Indian Plum

Pruned Indian Plum

Pruned Indian Plum

This is a transplant that somehow survived, even though I did it at the wrong time of year.  I have to fight with it each year to keep it in a tree form instead of becoming a shrub, but I love it.

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree

Along with having gorgeous flowers every year, it is a good climbing tree.  I just wish it was not so close to the road and to the property line.

Japanese Maple

Pretty Tree in a Bad Place

Pretty Tree in a Bad Place

I absolutely love Japanese maples, but this one has to go.  It is just too close to the house and it is starting to interfere with the power lines.  As soon as the leaves drop, it is gone.

So those are my trees.  What trees do you have?  Are there any you regret?

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3 Responses to My Trees

  1. Jerre says:

    Yay for hazelnut for the parents! Ours is finally happy this year, too. We netted it all year, so the deer couldn’t get at it.

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