Sharp Tree Service takes a close look at the local trees of Woodstock
From time to time, we like to dig deep into sharing our understanding of the local trees in the communities we serve. This week, we’ll be reporting on the trees of Woodstock, GA and what you should know about each one. Thanks to these studies from UGA and the Georgia Urban Forest Council for providing our source material.
The Urban Forest Council reports that the kind of Canopy trees allowed in the city of Woodstock include Red Maple, Legacy Sugar Maple, River Birch, Sugar Hackberry, Katsuratree, Green Ash, Gingko, Hophornbean, Chinese Pistache, Sycamore, Sawtooth Oak and Scarlet Oak. That’s quite a variety of trees! We’ll just narrow our focus to a select five. Here’s what you need to know about these five species of tree, courtesy UGA:
Red Maple is widely used in landscaping. It produces clusters of small, red flowers in February with winged fruit in March. Fall color is goes from yellow to red. UGA suggest using Red Maple as a shade tree in moist soils and full sun and adds that it will adapt to hot, dry locations when watered properly. Red Maple is easy to transplant and tolerates wet soils. They are native to Canada to the middle of the Florida peninsula and west to Minnesota, Oklahoma and Texas.
UGA adds, importantly: “Because this tree has such a wide growing range, its origin is very important. In other words, don’t plant a Red Maple from New England in Georgia; it may not adapt to the South’s heat and humidity.”
Sugar Maples require moist, well-drained soils for best growth and are excellent choices for stream bank planting, according to UGA. Sugar Maples are also good shade trees, which could pose problems if you have plants beneath them that require lots of sun. Sugar Maples need a moist but well-drained soil.
Sycamore: Sycamores need moist, deep soil but can tolerate some degree of drought. It is easily recognizable due to its flaking grey-brown bark, revealing white bark beneath. Often seen around stream banks in north Georgia. Sycamores can grow to be one-hundred feet tall, so plant with care.
Green Ash: Another popular shade tree, but beware! Green Ash is easily susceptible to insects and disease, so if keep an eye on it and be sure to call Sharp Tree Service if your tree looks unhealthy. Green Ash trees grow fast and like to live by stream banks.
Scarlet Oak: The Scarlet Oak is a fast-growing tree which does well in a dry climate. Scarlet Oaks are native in climates from Maine to Minnesota, Missouri and southward towards Florida. Scarlet Oaks are difficult to transplant from a wild tree, so if you want one it would be best to begin by growing it from a container. A good choice for a shade tree if you do not live in a moist climate and are therefore unable to plant something like a Red Maple.
So there we go! We here at Sharp Tree Service hope you enjoyed this close-up look at some of the trees of Woodstock, GA. See you next week!