Starting a Tree Farm

thistlebloom

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So are cottonwoods, or honeynlocusts or Kentucky Coffee trees. Hell, a mature bur oak will drop 250,000 acorns in a year

Yep. It's all about location. Don't put messy trees in an area that you want to keep squeaky clean unless you have the time to tidy up constantly.

We had several mature pepper trees (Schinus molle) at our old house. Many people regard them as trash trees because of their continual litter, and ability to reseed easily.
We kept them because they were fabulous shade trees in that hot dry climate and replanting a more preferred tree would have taken years to get decent shade from.
The litter was a pain, but it worked well with having two boys. Any time they got into a fight I'd hand them each a rake and tell them to get busy.
 

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Yep. It's all about location. Don't put messy trees in an area that you want to keep squeaky clean unless you have the time to tidy up constantly.

We had several mature pepper trees (Schinus molle) at our old house. Many people regard them as trash trees because of their continual litter, and ability to reseed easily.
We kept them because they were fabulous shade trees in that hot dry climate and replanting a more preferred tree would have taken years to get decent shade from.
The litter was a pain, but it worked well with having two boys. Any time they got into a fight I'd hand them each a rake and tell them to get busy.
We have amur maple all over our property. It's not a tree I want on the property, but it's one I have to live with for the foreseeable future since raising a shade tree to an impactful height will take a while. They drop seeds everywhere and are good at.germination
 

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Do you think there is a difference between cultivated varieties from the nursery and the ones just growing naturally?
I have not noticed any seedlings from the ones in landscapes I take care of.
Unlike the Japanese maples that come up like grass.

No clue, but you're in a different region, so maybe you have some natural things there keeping them in check.
 

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I "bought" an amur maple and when I got it home, looked it up. Its invasive and horrible and detestable. Not here in Southern Oregon. Its very healthy and about 6 ft tall and looking pretty so far.

Yes, the Catalpa is out on the lower part of the property. I've seen some other old ones here with their long strands but again they are way out in a field. Golden Chain trees are popular here too.
 

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Yesterday we began the fun process of augering out 177 holes for my pot in pot system. This is going to be tiring
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