When out mowing grass, planting flowers and cleaning gutters do you ever stop and think about planting a tree or two? Check out this list of some of the most popular tree varieties grown here in the Upstate.
- Dogwood. Their colorful flowers and lush compact foliage make Dogwood trees attractive no matter what the season. These trees stay relatively small, generally never growing more than 20 or 30 feet. Early spring is when Dogwoods explode with white, pink or red bracts surrounding small clusters of yellow flowers. Provide frequent watering, partial shade and a nutrient rich soil and a Dogwood tree will provide carefree beauty and shade for many generations.
- River Birch. A fast growing tree that provides plenty of shade the River Birch is super hardy, does well in our Upstate heavy clay soil, doesn’t mind being planted in an area that has light flooding and is pest, disease and drought resistant. These trees aren’t affected by heat and high humidity, making them perfect for planting zones 7a, 7b and 8a.
- Saucer Magnolia. A bit harder to maintain than the above mentioned trees, the beauty of a Saucer Magnolia can make it worth the effort. This ornamental hybrid showcases gorgeous goblet shaped flowers colored white, pink and purple from mid to late April. Pay close attention to location when planting a Saucer Magnolia as they don’t do well when exposed to high winds and southern exposures.
- White Oak. Native to South Carolina a White Oak makes the perfect shade tree, growing in size from 60 to 100 feet with a rounded canopy spread. Easy to grow in both full sun and partial shade these trees do best in acidic, well draining and moist soil. They are more disease and insect resistant that other oak varieties.
- Crepe Myrtle. Often thought of as a bush, Crepe Myrtles are technically trees. Available in numerous varieties, Crepe Myrtles love our hot South Carolina summers. Provide them with lots of full sun, plant in well-draining soil, keep watered, watch out for powdery mildew and read up on how and when to prune and you’ll have a flowering small tree that will brighten your yard for many years.
An ounce of tree maintenance today can save you a great deal of time, worry and expense tomorrow. Call Out on a Limb Tree Service at 864-320-8787 to schedule your annual tree inspection now before those summer storms hit.