Recently I was asked about replanting trees after the destruction of Storm Sandy. I’ve given a lot of thought to this issue since my garden lost 4 large oaks which were living here before I moved into the shade they kindly provided me.
Following the storm, my arborist Ron Strauss of Tree Believers, (631-864-5514) sent his newsletter , “The Root of the Matter”, with recommendations of what to and what not to replant. Here is what he said:
We recommend that you do not re-plant using the following species of trees (all commonly planted in LI landscapes) that did not endure the storms well.
- Emerald Green Arborvitae
- Leyland Cypress
- White Pine
- Red Oak
- Norway or Crimson King Maple
- Flowering Pear
- Douglas Fir
- Weeping Willow
Now to the question of planting recommendations his list included:
- Sugar maple
- White Oak
- Dawn Redwood
- Green Giant Arborvitae
- Weeping Cherry
- Hollywood Juniper
- Crape Myrtle
For our smaller gardens, trees that I recommend and have or will be planting are:
- Dogwood ‘Stellar Pink’ (this is one of the disease resistant Rutgers hybrids) 15-30’ ht & spread. Pink flowers in early summer.
- Stewartia pseudocamellia var. koreana. Quite slow growing 30’ht, 20’ spread. Decorative bark. White flowers in early summer. Single or multi-trunk.
- Heptacodium miconoides, Seven-son flower. (recommended by Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens) 15-20’ ht by 8-10’ spread. Full sun. Bloom time:Sept.
For more particulars of each of these trees, don’t forget to search Google for more information to help you make the right investment choice for your own garden.