Autumn is here. In addition to fall yard work, this is a great time to plant trees. Choosing trees for your landscape can be tricky. Firstly, you must consider the location for the tree in order to know the size and light requirements you can accommodate. Secondly, you need to understand how to properly plant a tree. Moreover, you ought to be aware of how to prune a young tree. Altogether this may seem like a lot of preparation for putting in a tree. However, there’s one more thing to bear in mind. This is disease resistant trees.
Invasive pests such as the emerald ash borer have received a good deal of attention in recent years. However, there are other invasive pests and diseases that can be just as devastating, if less well known. For example, Beech Bark Disease and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, both of which are present in Webster NY. In order to enjoy a healthy tree for many years to come, without the hassle and expense of pest treatments, it is worth taking the time to consider
Choosing Your Tree
Of course, picking the right disease resistant tree for you depends on how you want to use it in your landscape. For example, are you looking for a small ornamental, lots of spring blossom, or a large shade tree? Perhaps you want to grow your own apples. There are a lot of choices and possibilities. That’s why we’ve put together a list of great disease resistant trees for all kinds of uses and situations.
Disease Resistant Apple Trees
No produce from Wegmans or Trader Joes can beat homegrown fruit. There is nothing like the taste of freshly picked apples. Luckily, apple trees grow well in Webster NY. However, apple trees can be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases. For instance, apple scab, powdery mildew, rust,
Developed by the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, the Liberty apple grows well in our area. Liberty comes from crossing Macoun and Purdue apple trees. Liberty is highly disease resistant. In particular, it is not susceptible to scab and has low susceptibility to powdery mildew, cedar apple rust, and fire blight. Considered a heavy bearer, Liberty apples offer crisp, white flesh and a sweet-tart taste. Great for eating off the tree, cooking or canning, this versatile and disease resistant apple tree is a good option for a home orchard.
Disease Resistant Crabapple Trees
As with apple trees, crabapples can be attacked by a number of diseases. These include canker, fire blight, scab,
Disease Resistant Elm Trees
From the 1930s on, Dutch Elm Disease (DED) swept across the US and destroyed hundreds of thousands of American elms. These iconic trees, perfect as shade, parkway or street trees, are highly susceptible to DED. However, while prevalent and virulent, the fight against DED never stopped. As a result, you can find a number of hybrid cultivars at your local nursery with good resistance to DED. Crossed with Asian elms which are naturally resistant to DED, these trees offer a way to regain some of what was lost with the invasion of DED. For example, the Accolade™ elm. Growing 50 to 60 feet high with a 30 to 40 feet spread, Accolade has very good resistant to DED, elm yellows, and elm leaf beetle.
Disease Resistant Sycamore Trees
Sycamore anthracnose is a fungal disease that affects American sycamore trees. While sycamore anthracnose may not be fatal, repeated infections weaken and stress a tree. In turn, stressed trees are more vulnerable to other pests and diseases. The good news is, there
Disease Resistant Dogwood Trees
Lastly, let’s consider disease resistant dogwood trees. While dogwoods remain a staple feature of the Greater Rochester area’s spring landscape, in many areas they are in decline. This is due to the tree’s susceptibility to anthracnose. However, there are excellent disease resistant options for this versatile small tree. First, the Appalachian series developed at the University of Tennessee. Known for great resistance to anthracnose, the Appalachian series includes a number of top bloomers and cultivars with additional resistance to powdery mildew. Next, the Stellar series. While the Appalachian series descends from naturally resistant native dogwoods, the Stellar series comes from crossing with Asian kousa dogwood. So, if you like the look of native dogwoods, go Appalachian. But if you are more interested in super disease resistance and a shrubby, upright look, go Stellar.
Tree Services in Webster NY
Do you have sick trees on your property? Need help choosing a disease resistant tree for your landscape? Let Arbor Tree Experts help. Established in Webster in 1985 we are a fully licensed and insured tree service in Webster. Our team includes ISA certified Webster arborists working to ANSI standards. We offer tree removal as well as stump grinding and pruning. Likewise, we can help you choose the best trees for your unique landscape. Contact us for a quote.