En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - May 22, 2010

From: Wilmington, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Transplants, Trees
Title: Fast-growing tree for Wilmington NC
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What kind of fast-growing tree would you plant in Wilmington, NC?

ANSWER:

This gardener, personally, would probably choose not to plant a fast-growing tree at all. Most fast-growing trees are short-lived, liable to breakage and often hosts to pests and diseases. We will go looking in our Native Plant Database for some trees native to the area around Hanover County, North Carolina that are reasonably fast-growing and well adapted to the environment. And please don't plant them now, as we enter Summer. Woody plants, especially trees, need to be planted in late Fall or very early Spring, when they are semi-dormant. Transplanting a tree in summer heat just invites transplant shock, which can easily impede a tree's development or actually kill it. 

If you want to repeat the process, selecting other trees, go to our Recommended Species section, select North Carolina on the map, then "trees" for General Appearance and Narrow Your Search. You did not say what the growing conditions would be where you plant your tree, so you can do the search adding in specifications such as Soil Moisture and Light Requirements. Follow each link to our webpage on that plant to find out what is its projected size, whether it is evergreen and so forth. 

Trees for Hanover County, North Carolina:

Acer rubrum (red maple)

Amelanchier canadensis (Canadian serviceberry)

Betula nigra (river birch)

Cercis canadensis (eastern redbud)

Juniperus virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Magnolia grandiflora (southern magnolia)

Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)

Taxodium distichum (bald cypress)

From our Native Plant Image Gallery:


Acer rubrum

Amelanchier canadensis

Betula nigra

Cercis canadensis

Juniperus virginiana

Magnolia grandiflora

Platanus occidentalis

Taxodium distichum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Trees Questions

Shade trees for Tucson AZ
May 25, 2012 - I need to plant some "fast growing" trees or shrubs on my southwest yard in order to reduce the heat in my bedroom. What do you suggest? I live in Tucson, Arizona. Thank you in advance. I'm...
view the full question and answer

Why is cedar pollen so heavy this year?
January 08, 2011 - Dear Mr Smarty, Is this year a heavier than normal year for cedar pollen?? If so why?
view the full question and answer

Trees for Socorro NM
June 28, 2012 - I recently moved from Austin to Socorro, NM. I want to add 2 shade trees to my hot, dry garden. I am considering Arizona Cypress, Live Oak (Quercus Fusiformis - yes, they are native in NM, as well a...
view the full question and answer

PVC pipes for irrigation in ground in Austin
August 19, 2009 - Mr. Smarty Plants,What are your thoughts on installing PVC pipes into the ground around trees and shrubby trees? A classmate's grandmother had a pipe pushed or pounded into the ground near her speci...
view the full question and answer

Is Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay) a major nectar source for honeybees?
January 31, 2015 - Is the Sweetbay Magnolia a major nectar source for honeybees?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center