Tree Selection

Thorns and Prickles and Spines, Oh My!


While not terribly common, many trees bear sharp thorns along their twigs, branches or trunks. Often, thorns are seen as problematic traits, and trees that bear them are often avoided during installations. Some have even produced thornless...

Five Conifers and Palms for Windy Locations

A few days ago, we discussed the importance of selecting wind-tolerant tree species for those living in windswept areas (San Francisco and the Bay Area are particularly good examples, and not just because these areas are plagued by the aptly...

Five Hardwood Trees for Windy Locations


Strong winds represent a serious threat for trees. Even relatively modest storms can leave areas with a post-apocalyptic aesthetic. Who hasn’t been dumbfounded at the sight of a mighty oak or redwood lying helplessly on its side with its...

Seven Fast-Growing Trees for Cooling the Climate


Trees help to reduce the local temperatures in a variety of ways. 

Among the most important ways that they do so include the process of transpiration, in which trees draw water from the ground and pump it into the air and through the...

Five Great Trees for Feeding Honeybees

With everything going on, it makes sense to do all you can to give honeybees a helping hand. Providing your local honeybees with a ready food source makes their lives better and your landscaping a more welcoming place.