Thursday, October 27, 2011

Planting Shade Trees for New Sales Building

   Over the past week, in between harvesting literally tons of apples, I planted shade trees around our new sales building and replaced a couple young shade trees at our church that died in last summer's long drought.  My favorite shade tree is 'Autumn Blaze' maple, Acer x freemanii.  This is a hybrid between red maple and silver maple that has the rapid growth and drought tolerance of silver maple, and the stronger branches and good red fall color of red maple.  Several 'Autumn Blaze' maples that I planted around our new house 15 years ago are now about 40 feet tall and look stunning in fall.
These 'Autumn Blaze' maples (center, far right & far left), planted around our house 15 years ago, provide great shade in summer and fine fall color.
   Unfortunately all the nurseries were out of 'Autumn Blaze' maples this fall, but we got a good red maple, 'Brandywine', from Mike Shade at the Botany Shop in Joplin.  This red maple has a somewhat columnar habit, staying narrow for its height, which is important around our sales building to avoid electric lines.
I planted 'Brandywine' red maples (small trees in front with white tree guards) on the west, south and east sides of our new sales building.  The red-leaved tree in the background is an 'Autumn Blaze' maple.
   I've now filled the cooler in our new sales building with harvested apples, so we need to sell more to make room for more!  'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' keep well in a cooler or fridge for 6 to 7 months.
Our new cooler is now filled with apples.
   Our pick-your-own apple harvest season continues, with 'Enterprise' nearing the end of its harvest season and 'GoldRush' still going through most of November.  Kids love to pick their own apples, so bring them!
Customers enjoyed picking 'Enterprise' and 'GoldRush' apples last weekend.