Your easiest tree(s) to grow with low maintenance

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  1. dawghall

    dawghall Member

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    Mine have been the sawtooth oak for acorn producers, keiffer pear (transcendent or dolgo crab #2)as a fruit trees, and elderberry and button bush as shrubs. I'm sure there will be many different answers depending on everyone's zone and soils. I do maintain my trees, by the way. These are just some that have still flourished even if I accidentally forgot them a year. Name as many plants as you like as long as they meet the criteria. Go!
     
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  2. rlb165

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    Mine would have to be American Plum. I transplanted some from my parents' yard just a few years ago. This year I'm going to have some fruit, and the first ones I planted are starting to form a thicket.
    I've seen just a little bit of browsing on the smaller trees, but not enough to justify protecting them.
    As far as maintenance, the only thing I've really done is bushhog the area right around the plums, to keep other trees from taking over.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what others have to say.
     
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  3. Native Hunter

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    Sawtooth
    Chinese Chestnut
    Any DR Pear
    Any DR Crabapple
    Persimmon
    ROD grows like a weed in my tree planting, and about any other shrub does too.
     
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  4. THE LLC

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    Sawtooth and chinese chestnuts
     
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    You're talking deer habitat right? Because maples grow like weeds and are worth about the same. Any kind of pears is a home run. Keiffer is the hardiest. My experience has been the first day of the season the biggest buck in the neighborhood will be under the pear tree half an hour before dark. White oak is a very hardy tree nut tree. Plum as was mentioned. Crab apples produce in the wild with no attention.
     
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    I am surprised Native did not mention sweetgum!
     
  7. Native Hunter

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    Lak, how could I forget???? :D
     
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  8. dawghall

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    Yeah, I've had no problems growing sweetgums or chinaberries!
     
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    Sweet gum, hickory, and sparkleberry everywhere. It's enough to make a grown man break down.
     
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    Anyone one else have some favorite hardy (deer attracting) trees or shrubs?
     
  11. DrDirtNap

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    I'd agree with NH's list. Sawtooth oak, persimmons and DR pears would be at the top of my list. I would add Dwarf Chainkapin oak and Chickasaw plum as my favorite shrubs. While the Chickasaw plums don't really provide deer "food", they are very hardy and fast growing in my part of the world and produce excellent "thicket cover".


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  12. CuivreDog

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    Allegheny Chinquapin - love dry, rocky soil and most produce nuts by year 3
     
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    Black hills spruce
    Cranberry
    Siberian crab
    Manchurian crab
    Bur oak
    Wild black cherry
    Chokecherry

    All grown in tubes (except the spruce) and only require a once/yr cleaning and pruning. Takes about 90 seconds per tree. Beyond that, those grow well if you get the site correct.
     
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    Sawtooth
    Allegheny Chinquapin
    Concordia Oak

    Have received little to no supplemental watering in three years and all are still alive. We're in Texas and 100 degree weather is common during the summer time.


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  15. Brushpile

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    Allegheny Chinkapin, Dwarf Chinkapin Oak, White Oaks, and Chinese Chestnuts. Pears are better than apples in my area.

    Favorite shurbs are:
    Roughleaf Dogwood
    Silky Dogwood
    Elderberry
    Chokeberry
    Wild Plum
    Ninebark
    Arrowwood
     
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  16. Brushpile

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    Always check each tree or shrub by Googling the name of the plant and USDA.
     
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    not familiar with concordia

    spot on with Acs and sawtooth

    southern crabapples also do well at my place

    bill
     
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    Condordia Oak is a rare White Oak found at a rest stop near Concordia, MO. It is believed to be a hybrid cross between Swamp White Oak, Chinkapin Oak and Dwarf Chinkapin Oak. Concordia Oaks produce a few acorns by age 5-6, and they are sweet and attractive to wildlife.
     
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    Apparently I need to add Wild Black Cherry to my list of favorites. This doe has been coming into our front yard at all hours, to scarf up these cherries, pretty much the minute they hit the ground.

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