I will be planting 4 Sarsasparilla trees in my front yard this November.
They are not very big and I want them to do well. How far appart and how
deep do I need to plant them? They will be going in a full sun area where a
mimosa tree used to be and I will have to dig out the grass and fence the
spot to keep the lawn guys from mowing them down. Also does anyone know how
well these trees will do in zone 9, southeast Texas?
Thanks for any advice and help
In North Florida (zone 8/9) this tree also grows like a weed. I had to cut
or dig up many in my yard, which bordered on a patch of wild forest. The
smell of the roots is delicious - the essence of root beer.
We have a huge Chinese Tallow Tree in the back yard. Got to be about 150
feet tall. Leaves tons of tree trash, leaves and twigs and such all over
the yard, and has huge roots that we had to have removed from the yard.
Some of the roots were at least 2 feet in diameter. Hopefully the
Sassafrass trees won't get quite that big :) I might put one in the back
yard to replace a pecan tree that was electrocuted when some power lines
were downed n my back yard. Fast growing is a good thing :)
If you cut roots that big, don't put anything valuable within 150' of
that tree--it's likely to fall over at any time (depending on how
close to the trunk the cuts were made). If it doesn't fall, it's
still likely to decline rapidly starting at some point in the nest 1
to 10 years.
fast growing=dying young=weak and brittle wood, as a general rule.
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Thanks for the tip. The spot I have in mind doesn't have anything valuable
close by. It's a good sized lawn with a holly hedge in front and what I
thought was a prycanthia hedge on one side (not sure what it is really)
Nobody parks on the street by the holly and we plan on moving the driveway
over several feet so everything sould work out well.
Thanks for the advice. The spot I have in mind doesn't have any overhead
wires or and pipes I know of. I will check for pipes though. I plan on
putting the trees in the front yard to get some shade and some color in the
fall. I kind of would like to plant them like a small grove that I could
eventually plant a nice flower garden around.
Congratulations! This is one of those all around trees (Redbay, Retama)
that look good in the environment and attract wildlife. This tree hosts
Palamedes, Spicebush and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies. You will enjoy
the tree and butterflies for years to come.
I'd allow 20 foot centers and plant no deeper than they were in the
container. The tree historically remains a shrub or small tree for a
long time and then the hormones kick in and it goes upwards. (page
174-175, Butterfly Gardening for the South by Geyata Ajilvsgi)
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