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Old 07-02-2012, 11:18 AM
Engineer Dude is offline
Join Date: Aug 2003
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I'm curious to know what type of trees you settled on, Sitnam.

After surveying the local damage from the recent storm from downed tree limbs, I'll echo the advice of NOT planting Silver Maples.

If you haven't gotten started or still have some room in your yard, I highly recommend planting Northern Red Oaks

As others have said, most trees are either both slow growing and have hard wood OR they're fast growing and have soft wood. When most people think of Oaks they think slow-growing, but that seems to be more true of White Oaks. Northern Red Oaks grow quite rapidly, yet still manage to score a 1290 (relatively hard) on the Janka Hardness Test for wood.