Healthy ornamental trees can create shade, provide a nesting place for birds, and make a beautiful focal point for any yard. However, your ability to enjoy ornamental trees largely depends on how healthy the specimen is. Here are a few things to look for that will let you know that you have found the right one.
Check the Roots
A well-cared for tree will have roots that feel damp but not oversaturated. It will also have roots that gently fan out rather than being tangled up inside the root ball. When roots circle their root ball, they are harder to spread out when planting. Accordingly, they can prevent your tree from receiving the water and nutrients it needs.
Look at the Structure
Ornamental trees should have very straight trunks with branches that are evenly distributed off of it. There should be no broken branches or other disfigurations such as bark damage that might allow insects to damage it.
Check for Pests
Look your tree over for signs of pest damage such as:
- Chewed leaves
- Bored holes into the branches or trunk
- Insect larvae
- The actual presence of insects themselves
- Sooty mold, which feed on aphid excrement
Check for Signs of Disease
Some signs of disease to look out for include:
- A white or gray powder on the leaves
- Brown spots on leaves, particularly in crabapples
- Black spots that have a tar-like finish
- Cankers, which appear as swollen or sunken areas on a tree’s branches
Buying from a reputable nursery is the key to finding a healthy ornamental tree that will work well for your yard and its soil conditions. Here at Chambersville Tree Farm, we individually care for each of our trees, and sell only the healthiest specimens. Please drop by our North Texas location or contact us to learn more about the various types of healthy ornamental trees we offer.