Which Trees Matter?

Which Trees Matter?

In a previous article, we delved into the question of “Why Trees Matter?” Now, let’s address another important question: “Which Trees Matter?”

Allen County is home to countless magnificent trees that bring shade, beauty, and a breath of fresh air. These trees have stood tall for centuries, providing strength, peace, and tranquility. But what sets them apart? The answer is simple—they are native to this region.

Native trees are the ones that truly matter. They have naturally adapted to the local environment, including the unique soil and climate conditions. As a result, they require less water, minimal fertilizers, and fewer pesticides. Native trees also play a vital role in supporting healthy wildlife populations, including pollinating insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals.

When it comes to planting trees to enhance your property value, it’s only logical to choose native species. By doing so, you contribute to the balance and function of the ecosystem. Native trees provide shelter and food for a diverse range of wildlife, from songbirds to butterflies and moths. They are resilient, withstanding the varying weather conditions our region experiences. Unlike non-native trees, which can be susceptible to local pests and diseases, native trees are better equipped to thrive without the need for excessive care.

However, it’s important to note that finding native trees may require a bit more effort. Some local nurseries and landscape outlets may not carry them, as they often favor more exotic varieties. Though visually appealing, these non-native trees lack the same strength and durability as their native counterparts.

Additionally, not all native trees are suitable for every situation. Factors such as sunlight, soil moisture, and type (sand versus clay), as well as available space for growth, should be considered when selecting a tree. Recommended native canopy tree varieties include oaks, hickories, maples, tulip trees, and others, depending on location and soil conditions. For lower story native trees, options like flowering dogwood, eastern redbud, and crabapple varieties are ideal.

By embracing native trees, we can greatly enhance our region for generations to come. Their diversity, longevity, and sheer beauty make them invaluable assets to our environment.

Learn more about tree planting and native species on Tips Tree Planting.

References:

  1. DNR: Tree Species Information
  2. Native Trees of Indiana | Arbor Rangers ™
  3. List of Native Trees of Indiana
  4. Let’s Grow Native! – Purdue Arboretum

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