|A March snowstorm took out half of this Cedar leaving it angled precariously close to our house. The rest will have to go.|
We’ll be taking out the rest of the cedar that was badly damaged (and threatening to eat our house) during a late winter snowstorm as well as the giant birch that is sickly and has needed to be removed for years. I’m especially upset about losing the latter and I’ll be honest and tell you I might even shed a tear over that one.
|I will really miss this birch tree.|
I have a personal goal to plant a new tree somewhere on our property every time we take one out. Part of the beauty of our property is the hundreds of mature trees and I want to make sure that future owners will be able to enjoy them as well.
One tree I’m very interested in and actively trying to find is a Venus dogwood. I first read about this tree on Deborah Silver’s blog a few years ago and when I read a mention of it elsewhere the other day it sparked a mental note I had saved that this was a tree to look into should I ever have a place to put one.
|Check out the size of those flowers! Dr. Elwin Orton showing off his tree. Rutgers photo|
Well guess what Venus, a hybrid developed by Dr. Elwin Orton at Rutgers University, has going for it? No disease issues. Huge flowers (up to 4 inches, they claim). Bloom that lasts for maybe as much as four weeks (at least it does for Deborah who lives and gardens in Detroit). Fall color. Fast growing. Pretty bark. Twenty feet wide and tall at maturity. What’s not to love? You can see why Deborah calls it, “the most spectacular white flowering tree on the planet.” High praise.