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Old 07-04-2012, 10:31 AM
Jackmannii is offline
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White oaks are supposed to be trees you plant for future generations, but they actually grow fairly quickly in their early years (I have a seven-footer in partial shade started from a foot high specimen a few years ago). They are magnificent trees with good fall color.

As for storm damage, we lost a young American smoke tree (broken off at ground level) and the top third of a tall white pine in our severe thunderstorm of last Friday. Our other American smoke tree did just fine (I recommend this tree (Cotinus obovatus) as a good American native with fall color and relatively quick growth). Most smoke trees that you see in landscapes are the purple-leafed variety which is fine, but doesn't have the good fall color.