Fall is a wonderful time to plant trees. The earth is warm from the sun, a friendly situation for roots. The fall rain is about to come (they say), the rains will sink down to the roots and keep them hydrated as they work their way into the soil and become established and ready for the promise of sunshine in the spring and summer.
We like trees which offer a by-product of beauty. Here are some of our favorites.
Oriental Persimmon trees (Ebenaceae) offer deep green leathery leaves and green fruit adorned with a ruffly collar in the early fall. In another month or so, the fruits will grow, soften and turn a bright orange. The leaves will fall from the trees, leaving splendid stark, bare branches and an audacious show of colorful fruit against the cold, gray sky.
The fruit can be picked when they are still a little green and allowed to ripen indoors. When ripe, the meat is a luscious, complex flavored, bright orange pudding!
Behind this beautiful hedge of hydrangeas is a gorgeous quince tree (Rosaceae) laden with furry fruit!
Ahh, the Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera). These darlings are used for big, hearty hedges or are allowed to grow into large (up to 60 feet) leafy trees. These trees or bushes are as tough as the come. They tolerate poor soil, heat, cold, wind, drought (once established), and they transplant easily.