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Monday - September 29, 2008

From: Renton, WA
Region: Northwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Native trees for property in Washington State
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

We bought a piece of property on Lake Wenatchee, Washington. It was cleared more than we would like and want to know what types of trees grow well there and can handle the snow. Should I wait until the spring to plant? Or are there varieties of trees that will take the snowfall levels if planted in the fall?

ANSWER:

We did a little preliminary research on Lake Wenatchee, and it sounds like a beautiful place, except for the bears. In the Central Cascades, kind of between wet Washington State and dry Washington State, it averages about 24 inches of annual rainfall, so we'll be looking at trees that don't necessarily need a damp soil. However, the area also averages 150 inches of snow annually, so we would definitely recommend that you hold off until Spring to plant those baby trees.

We are going to go to our Recommended Species section, click on Washington on the map, and then Narrow Your Search by clicking on "Tree" for Habit, "Full Sun" (six hours or more of sun a day) for Light Requirements and "Dry Soil" for Soil Moisture. When we did this we got 12 possibilities, from which we will make suggestions. You can do the same thing, but change the criteria, perhaps to more shade or damper soil, and make your own decisions.

Another resource closer to home is your Washington State University Chelan County Extension Office. This homepage gives you contact information for the offices, directions, etc., as well as links to information such as Master Gardeners and Forest Stewardship. You may even be able to get more concise advice on reforesting cutover areas and/or sources of tree stock for those areas. Take a look at our suggestions and work out from there:

Acer macrophyllum (bigleaf maple) - deciduous, showy in Fall, pictures

Arbutus menziesii (Pacific madrone) - evergreen, pictures

Juniperus scopulorum (Rocky Mountain juniper) - evergreen, graceful ornamental

Pinus contorta (lodgepole pine) - evergreen, pictures

Pinus ponderosa (ponderosa pine) - evergreen

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen) - deciduous, Fall color

Prunus virginiana (chokecherry) - deciduous shrub or small tree, important food for wildlife

Quercus garryana (Oregon white oak) - deciduous, pictures


Juniperus scopulorum

Pinus ponderosa

Populus tremuloides

Prunus virginiana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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