I strongly believe in reforestation and protecting the environment, and try to plant new trees every year. I order many, many seedlings and place them throughout the farm. One day I hope they will be as mature as the old sugar maple (above).
How to Plant a Tree
IN LIVING COLOR
Here are my favorite varieties that I have growing on the farm.
The needles on this deciduous conifer turn orange-brown before dropping in fall.
Several specimens that are original to the property provide fruit to make cider.
This towering example could be more than one hundred years old.
Beautiful in all seasons, this slow grower has exfoliating bark and produces camellia-like flowers in summer.
Striking and unusual, it provides an umbrella of shade.
I planted an allée of this fast-growing variety, which can reach 70 feet in height.
To learn more about trees, I suggest these books:
- The Glory of the Tree: An Illustrated History, by Noel Kingsbury (Firefly, 2014)
- The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs, edited by John G. Hillier and Roy Lancaster (Royal Horticultural Society, 2014)
- Dirr’s Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs, by Michael A. Dirr (Timber Press, 2011).