Just Plain Trees

By: Cydnie Jones (Cole is irrelevent)

Live Oak Tree

™The growth rate for a Live Oak is 13-24 inches per year.™The full height of a Live Oak is 40-80 feet. The life span is 200 years. The climate is full Sun and the region it lives in is the South and East Coast. The leaves are 2-5 inches long, and usually have a smooth margin that rolls slightly downward and inward. The flowers are brown and faded. Acorns are a way of the tree reproducing.

Countless other organisms are equally dependent on coast live oak woodlands, which harbor more wildlife than any other terrestrial plant community in this region. Live oaks are hosts for moths.

Live oaks are susceptible to a wide range of diseases and pests. These problems can cause the tree to lose its aesthetic quality, and may lead to the tree's death. The best way to keep insects and tree illnesses at bay is to keep your oak tree healthy. You can do this by making sure the oak tree's soil remains moist and by providing fertilizer to the tree, based on the label directions.

The abiotic factors a Live Oak tree needs is light, temperature, water, atmospheric gases, wind, as well as soil.

Large live oaks improve nutrients and water retention in soil. It provides places for livestock to seek shade, for wild animals to nest and feed, and for native plants to grow.

For Timberview, this tree would be a great source of shade to sit under while doing homework or just plain chatting it up (would make a fun thing to climb too.).

Southern Magnolia

™The growth rate of a Southern Magnolia is 13-24 inches.™ The full height is 60-80 feet. ™Southern Magnolia life span is 100 years.™ The climate if full Sun, and the regions are South and East Coast.™ Leaves are 5-10 inches long, lustrous, dark green on top, with a soft rusty under side.™ Reproduces from the fruit on the tree opening, and letting out seeds.

The roots and fallen debris from the magnolia contain substances that limit the growth for a Southern Magnolia and other plants around it. But even though it harms plants a large magnolia tree is well liked for its thick canopy, which provides shade in warm climates. The shade is important for cooling a living environment as well as providing shade for other plants and animals.

Although the southern magnolia tree is rarely bothered by harmful insects, it is susceptible to several bacterial and fungal diseases that are called

Verticillium Wilt

Leaf Spots

Bacterial Blight

Canker Diseases

The abiotic factors a Southern Magnolia tree needs is light, temperature, water, atmospheric gases, wind, as well as soil.

The hard, heavy wood of southern magnolia is used to make furniture, pallets, and veneer. Southern magnolia seeds are eaten by squirrels, opossum, quail, and the wild turkey. But not only that, a Southern magnolia is a valuable and extensively planted ornamental. The leaves, fruit, bark, and wood yield a variety of extracts with potential applications as pharmaceuticals. Southern magnolia is a good urban landscape tree because it is resistant to acid deposition. Winter drought can cause extensive dieback and mortality of southern magnolia. Seedlings are susceptible to frost damage; even a light freeze can cause mortality. A number of Fomes and Polyporus fungi cause heartrot in southern magnolia. Heavy infestations of magnolia scale (Neolecanium cornuparyum) kill branches or entire trees.

For Timberview, this tree would be an amazing source of shade, and would look amazing in our garden in the back.

Eastern Red Cedar

The growth rate of a Eastern Red Cedar is 13-24 inches (getting a bit repetitive isn't it?). The full height is 50 feet. Eastern Cedar life span is 300 years. The climate is full Sun, and the regions are everywhere. Leaves are 1/16 of an inch long, evergreen, needle-like, with long and compacted to form rounded or 4-sided branchlets. Reproduces from the pine cones dropping seeds.

Eastern Red Cedar trees play significant roles in their ecosystems. The Eastern Red Cedar tree's berries are winter food for a lot of songbirds. The birds help the Eastern Red Cedar by spreading the tree's seeds through its excrement. Other birds, such as doves, build their nests with the heavy foliage to find seclusion and hide from predators. Various species of wildlife, including deer, use the Eastern Red Cedar during winter months for food and shelter.

The abiotic factors a Southern Magnolia tree needs is light, temperature, water, atmospheric gases, wind, as well as soil.

For Timberview, this tree would fit in perfectly with the other trees by the basketball court outside.

What Would I Need To Do To Grow Any Tree In My Yard?

It all pretty much starts out with the seeds. There are a natural way to germinate seeds, and there is a forced or ''assisted'' way. The natural way is to allow nature to take its course. Most seeds, when sown in the fall without any pre-treatment, will begin to germinate the following spring. Be sure to sow the seeds at the recommended depth. If the seeds are planted too deep, this could delay or inhibit the spring germination process. And the forced or ''assisted'' way is for the seeds to require one or more treatment steps to stimulate the germination process. The three steps are: 1) Scarification, 2) Cold Stratification, and 3) Warm Stratification. Keep in mind that not all seeds require all of these steps. In fact some seeds do not require any pre-treatment whatsoever.

Then for growing and helping it survive, you would need to follow these steps:

1. Weed

Pull any weeds that grow within 4 feet of your tree.

2. Check the stake

Check the tree stake to make sure it is not rubbing or damaging the tree.

3. Check the ties

Check the tree ties to make sure they are secure, but allow some tree movement. Trees will grow a stronger room system and trunk if allowed some wiggle room.

4. Mulch

Keep a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch on the soil around your tree. Do not place any mulch up against the trunk of your tree.

5. Water

It all really depends on what tree you have, but make sure it gets plenty of water. Make sure not to drown it out!