Here are my picks for this week's Friday Five!
Japanese maple leaf 'Yoshino' cherry flower
- Birches are great trees for their bark, but I also enjoy the dappled shade they provide. Their leaves are much smaller than that of a maple but the fast growing nature of the birch allows them to get to a good size to cast shade in just a couple years. One birch that I planted in a low spot is almost as tall as our house now and it's only been planted for three years! Birches like moisture and if you have a location that gets periodic pooling or you have a stream nearby you probably have a good site for your river birch! Plant it, put a bench down under it, and enjoy! Birch trees make an excellent choice for rain gardens. The 'Heritage' River birch comes highly recommended.
'Forest Pansy' redbud Cornus florida dogwood flower
There you have five of my favorites, although I have to say I admire so many more than just five. These were all deciduous and there are many evergreens that would be worth spending some time talking about. Maybe they will be another list of five? Until then check out the last couple Friday Fives!
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