February, A Tree a Day

I’ve been given gifts of trees. Cherry, French Oak, Italian Stone Pine, Chestnut, and more. I have over 50 plants to plant right now, some of them include …

Acer Pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)

Acer pseudoplatanus is a deciduous Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 15 m (49ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Bees.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Betula Celtiberica – Pubescens (White Birch)

Betula pubescens is a deciduous Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 1. It is in flower in April, and the seeds ripen from Aug to September. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind.It is noted for attracting wildlife.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay and nutritionally poor soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very acid soils. It cannot grow in the shade.It requires dry moist or wet soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure. 

Cercis Siliquastrum (Judas Tree)

Cercis siliquastrum is a deciduous Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.It can fix Nitrogen. It is noted for attracting wildlife.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very alkaline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Hibiscus Syriacus (Lady Stanley – Rose of Sharon)

Hibiscus syriacus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in flower in September, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Liquidambar Styraciflua (Sweet Gum)

Liquidambar styraciflua is a deciduous Tree growing to 25m (82ft) by 15m (49ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Bees.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid and neutral soils.It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.

Prunus Lusitanica (Portugal Laurel)

Prunus lusitanica is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft). It is hardy to zone 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

I’m digging large holes, atleast 1/2 metre wide and deep and filling with mulch and soil to give them a good start.. My strategy is clearing a pathway along which I will later walk along, first as a watering route and then later as a shaded access route to a particular point. This involves firstly finding a suitable location for each particular plant, then clearing work, for the path and then around the tree. The cleared shrub is used to mulch in to the hole and also around the plant for ground cover. If I can manage 1 tree a day then it will be a good day. Today I planted 3 trees, a good day indeed. It included a chestnut of
forgiveness planted in the front yard of the mare’s house, An Italian
Stone Pine below the cactus garden and a Serra de Estrella Cherry Tree
along the first terrace below the drive.

Update 07 Feb 2012

I have been working like a madman clearing, digging, mulching, planting and watering. I have managed around 12 plants a day, but this is exhausting work and not sure I can keep it up at this pace.

Update 18 May 2012.

A few months later. Happy in their new settings …

Betula Celtiberica – Pubescens (White Birch)
Acer Pseudoplatanus (Sycamore)
Liquidambar Styraciflua (Sweet Gum)

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