St. Paul bids farewell to ash tree, welcomes Kentucky coffeetree

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Are you a plant lover? Do you enjoy the satisfaction that comes from nurturing and growing your own trees? If so, then you’re in for a treat! Today, we’re going to introduce you to a new tree species that’s making waves in St. Paul. Say goodbye to the ash tree and say hello to the Kentucky coffeetree!

Why the switch?

The ash tree has been a beloved part of St. Paul’s landscape for many years. However, due to the onslaught of the emerald ash borer, these trees are facing a significant decline. To combat this devastating impact, the city has decided to replace the ash trees with a hardy and resilient alternative – the Kentucky coffeetree.

The Kentucky coffeetree: A tough and beautiful choice

The Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) is a native tree that is known for its strength and adaptability. This tree can withstand a wide range of conditions, making it a perfect choice for the St. Paul climate. Not only is it tough, but it also adds a touch of elegance to any landscape with its delicate compound leaves and attractive bark.

Planting and caring for your Kentucky coffeetree

Now that you’re excited about the Kentucky coffeetree, let’s talk about how to plant and care for this magnificent tree.

  1. Choosing the right location: Kentucky coffeetrees prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Make sure to choose a spot in your garden where the tree will have enough space to grow and thrive.

  2. Preparing the soil: Before planting, ensure that the soil is well-drained and fertile. Kentucky coffeetrees can tolerate different soil types, but they prefer slightly alkaline soil. Adding organic matter such as compost can improve soil quality and drainage.

  3. Planting the tree: Dig a hole that is wider and deeper than the tree’s root ball. Gently place the tree in the hole and backfill with soil, ensuring that the tree is planted at the same depth it was in the container. Water thoroughly after planting.

  4. Watering and mulching: Kentucky coffeetrees have moderate water needs, especially during hot and dry periods. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Apply a layer of organic mulch around the tree to retain moisture and suppress weed growth.

  5. Pruning and maintenance: Prune the tree during the dormant season to remove any dead or damaged branches. Kentucky coffeetrees have a naturally open and spreading habit, so minimal pruning is needed.

Remember, each tree is unique, and it’s essential to provide individualized care based on its specific needs. Regular monitoring and timely adjustments will ensure your Kentucky coffeetree thrives in its new home.

From its resilience to its stunning appearance, the Kentucky coffeetree is truly a fantastic addition to any garden. So, why not embrace this change and bring some diversity and beauty to St. Paul’s landscape?

For more tips and information on tree planting and care, visit Tips Tree Planting and embark on an exciting journey of creating your dream garden. Happy planting!