Unique Trees

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

            Trees can add value to your home, provide shade, windbreaks, and a cleaner environment.  You can plant a single tree to be used as a focal point or plant multiple trees to create your own beautiful woodland.  Here are a few unique trees that would be great additions to your yard: 

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is an eye-catching ornamental tree.  Known for its unique leaf and flower shapes, this tree also turns a magnificent yellow color in the fall.  The tulip tree gets its name for the tulip-shaped cream, green, or orange flowers that bloom in the spring.  Reaching heights of up to 90 feet tall and 50 feet wide, the tulip tree has a rapid growth rate at first and then slows down with age.  It prefers full sun and well-drained soil.  This tree is hardy to Zone 5 but can grow very well in the Green Lake area if given some slight protection.

‘Pink Chimes’ Japanese Snowbell (Styrax japonicus) is a charming ornamental tree, growing up to 25 feet tall and wide.  It is a great tree to use for shade cover with its slightly weeping canopy.  Pink flowers bloom in May and then turn into gray-brown drupes that last until the fall.  This tree prefers full sun to part shade and grows best in organically rich, well-drained soil.  As the tree gets older, the gray bark naturally forms slight cracks unveiling a beautiful orange inner layer creating aesthetic value during the winter months. 

‘Persian Spire’ Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)is a beautiful specimen with its foliage that emerges purple and matures to green with purple tinted edges that linger into the summer months.  The leaves then turn stunning colors of yellow, orange, and red in the fall.  The attractive flaky bark adds beauty, even in the winter months.  This tree prefers partial to full sun and well-drained soils with constant moisture.  Persian spire reaches heights of up to 25 feet tall and 15 feet wide. 

These trees and other stunning trees are available at Bloch’s Farm.  Many shrubs and perennials are available as well!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  

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