Tree Hardiness Zone
What Does it Mean to Plant a Tree Within my States Hardiness Zone?
A hardiness zone is based on degrees in Fahrenheit which a tree can survive with both extreme heat and extreme cold. For example, In Kansas summer temperatures can reach extreme limits over 100 degrees, and drop well below freezing into negative temperatures during the winter. The hardiness zone rates a trees ability to withstand the most extreme of both temperatures.
Do I Have to Plant Within My States Hardiness Zone?
The short answer, no, but if you are going to plant trees that are not meant to grow within the hardiness zone, proper precautions will need to be administered during the extreme temperatures to avoid tree death. Some trees are known for acclimating to a hardiness zone not its own, but it takes time, extra watering, and keeping the tree roots warm during the winter to prevent freezing.
How Do I Know What Hardiness Zone I Live In?
If you would like to know your hardiness zone, the Arbor Day Foundation has a hardiness zone application, enter your zip code and it will give you a broad spectrum of your zone. Or you can contact All About Tree Care and they will inform you on what type of trees will grow best where you live. When planting a tree there is much more than hardiness zone that you need to take into consideration. Some trees are sensitive to the acidity zone within the soil and sun exposer. For these questions it is best to contact experienced arborist that work within your area. Call All About Tree Care, not only will they assist you will picking out the perfect trees, they will also be there throughout the whole process and any further tree care needs such as tree trimming, tree removal or stump grinding.
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Homeowners looking for small ornamental trees or taller shade trees, All About Tree Care would like to suggest a few ideas for trouble-free trees that will thrive in the Midwest.
BUR OAK (Quercus macrocarpa)
Long spreading tree with lobbed leaves. Once matured acorns and squirrel activity will become present. Ideal shade tree, but space is necessary for the Bur Oak to thrive. Important to consider size of yard before choosing this particular species.
CRAB APPLE (Malus)
This species is known to be one of the most beautiful yet easy to grow, providing visual splendor during all four seasons. Most varieties of Crab Apple can thrive in almost any harsh conditions with proper exposure to sunlight and rich soil.
JAPANESE LILAC (Syringa reticulata)
A thriving lilac species that can withstand even the most challenging growth surroundings, the Japanese Lilac is a great accent plant. Bearing plumes of vivid white flowers in the summer months. Considered a low-maintenance tree, requiring little pruning and a very low disease rate.
Serviceberry species provide exceptional multi-season beauty including a flowering spring, edible fruits, and ornamental fall color. In addition to its seasonal benefits, the Serviceberry has no threatening insect or disease concerns. This compact, decorative tree provides an excellent option for Midwest homeowners.
HACKBERRY (Celtis occidentalis)
Native to the plains, this species is well suited for rural and urban sites with high tolerance for winds and cold conditions. With a large crown and arching branches resembling common American Elms. With Growth from 40 to 70 feet, and up to a 50 foot spread.
NORTHERN RED OAK (Quercus rubra)
Known as the fastest growing oak species, this tree will provide ideal shade for lawns that can withstand it’s 60 to 80 foot height and a 40 to 60 foot spread. With a greater tolerance to pollution and differing soil varieties, this tree is an excellent choice for homeowners expecting brilliant autumn foliage.
CONCOLOR FIR (Abies concolor)
Known for their soft needles and a strong fragrance, this species of Evergreen provides both privacy and sanctuary for birds in the winter months. This tree has become a favorite amongst urban landscaping, as well a staple and symbol of the Christmas season. Featuring a column like shape reaching upwards of 50 feet tall & up to 15 feet wide.
CHINKAPIN OAK (Quercus muehlenbergii)
Similar to the Red Oak, the Chinkapin is an ideal candidate for homeowners with larger lawns. This species is able to adapt to many different types of soil, and it’s ability to provide sweet nuts for wildlife will add serenity to any landscape and provide a unique statement. Plant in full sun; expect growth of 50 to 60 feet tall with about the same spread.
KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE (Gymnocladus dioicus)
Many homeowners enjoy the unique aesthetic the Kentucky coffee tree brings to yards. Growing into a beautifully textured tree once matured, it also has no issues with disease or insects. Highly tolerant to urban, dry and moist soil conditions. You can expect growth of 60-75 feet tall, and a spread of about 40-50 feet.
SILVER LINDEN (Tilia tomentosa)
Looking for an attractive and functional addition to your landscape, a Silver Linden is a standout in the Linden species. It’s more resilient to heat and drought and insects/pests tend to ignore. Able to survive ice storms, and beautiful silvery undersides to lush green leaves give added bonus. Reaching heights of up to 45 feet and a spread of about 35 feet, the silver linden is a good choice for larger yards and commercial properties.