Too Anxious For Trees

I find myself wishing the grove of Norway maples behind the house would get on with it and drop their leaves.  They seem to keep them longer than the local native maples (perhaps they are thinking it still feels quite warm here, compared to, say, Norway?)  Partly I’d just like to ensure I have time and daylight to rake the lawn before we get snow.  But also, now, I notice that the leaves are stealing our afternoon sun-heat.  The sun is ever more oblique, of course, but if the leaf-screen would drop we’d certainly be getting a lot more of it on the roof and south walls.

As I think about the long-term plan of replacing those Norways with some sort of indigenous tree, I now realize I should consider their leaf-drop schedule.  Oaks, for example, will be right out.

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4 Responses to “Too Anxious For Trees”

  1. Rising Tide Says:

    Steer clear of Beech also. (Are they even native?) They hold their leaves right through the winter. Dead and yellow and curled and stuck fast to the stupid tree until the new buds push them free in the spring.

    We had one out in Gorham. Evil things.

  2. Heather Says:

    And even aside from the leave retention problems with oaks, stay away from them because picking up the acorns will more than double the amount of time you have to rake!

  3. coldhousejournal Says:

    “picking up the acorns” Ooh. Good point!

  4. coldhousejournal Says:

    Ash has been suggested as the ideal tree to encourage.

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