What Trees are a must have?


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My family members all have different types of tress in the gardens, from apple trees to peach trees. I was wondering what trees you think are a must to have in your gardens? I would chose apple trees, because they always say that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"; not only that, but I want my children to learn to eat their fruits, and this rhyme seems perfect to connect to reality.
 
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For me, there are many 'must have trees', because I simply love all of them. A garden without trees looks empty and sad. My favorite are poplars, because they always make me think about great things:) They're so inspiring! I also love oaks. They grow everywhere in my area anyway, so I'm very used to them.
My boyfriend always says that when we move in together, we will plant conifers in our garden, but I'm not sure if I like them:p I prefer trees with leaves:)
 
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I too love all trees, but with limited space I would choose the "dual purpose" trees that can not only create a bit of shade but can also give you some fruit that you like. I am a fan of any of the bounty nature gives from apples to my unusual loquat tree. As much as people love palm trees in California, I would rather have a shorter fruit and shade producer.
 
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It depends on your personal taste, for me a nice wisteria tree would be the way to go! A jacaranda tree would also be nice! but I'd go for the wisteria :)
 
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When you said oak trees I imagined some supernatural and fantasy movies, they always have some sort of connection to oak trees, something is so magical about them. I don't think that I'd actually want a conifer tree in my backyard either; I don't have anything against them personally, just not my type. :p Of course, trees that provide a vast amount of shade are ideal for me, especially during the summer so I can host picnics and such. :) I just thought of another tree that I'd ideally want - the Japanese Cherry Blossom, it is gorgeous!
 
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It depends on your personal taste, for me a nice wisteria tree would be the way to go! A jacaranda tree would also be nice! but I'd go for the wisteria :)
If they grew in my climate zone, they would be my 'must have' trees too!:D There is nothing more beautiful than a big wisteria or a few jacarandas growing in a garden:) I love them!
 
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I would say a DWARF apple tree is a must have, as I do not have to get out a ladder every time I want to pick one!

I am an admirer of my parent's dwarf apple. It has four varieties grafted onto one tree, and each variety ripens at a different time. That gives the two of them an extra long harvest: about the time they have finished eating one variety, another variety gets ripe!
 
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I love dwarf apple trees, dwarf plum trees, peach trees, and cherry trees. Also, I love the Japanese Maple trees. Their leaves are beautiful in the Fall. I do not care for any evergreen trees.
 
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I like dwarf apple trees too. But although I love everything that is small and I always look for miniature varieties of my favorite plants, with trees it's different. I love when they're big and majestic. This is why poplars will always have the first place in my heart.
Aren't they gorgeous?:

 
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Yes, those poplars ARE wonderful! Whenever I am under big trees I feel so safe and so sheltered.

Was the picture taken near your home? It looks like a park.
 
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Yes, those poplars ARE wonderful! Whenever I am under big trees I feel so safe and so sheltered.

Was the picture taken near your home? It looks like a park.
No, it's just a picture that I found. As far as I know, it was taken in Poland, but not by me. In my area, there are mostly very old and big oaks. You can see them wherever you look. They're magnificent:)
Big trees make me feel safe too:)
 
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I was surprised to learn that many people feel claustrophobic around large trees or even when they are driving in the mountains. Logically speaking, a tree that has been growing for 30 years is not likely to fall on a person just because they walked up to it, and mountains tend to stay put unless the weather is terrible enough to make a land slide, but emotions are not logical. As one sufferer said "I KNOW that, but it is how I FEEL"!

Mountains and large trees shelter us from the icy winds of winter. Every old farm house on the plains has it's wind brake of trees.
 
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I like dwarf apple trees too. But although I love everything that is small and I always look for miniature varieties of my favorite plants, with trees it's different. I love when they're big and majestic. This is why poplars will always have the first place in my heart.
Aren't they gorgeous?:

These trees are beautiful; I've never seen them before. Where I live we have tons of pine trees and maple trees, but none of these. I would love to go up to one of them and examine their leaves, I've always found it fascinating how all trees have different leaf textures.
 
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These trees are beautiful; I've never seen them before. Where I live we have tons of pine trees and maple trees, but none of these. I would love to go up to one of them and examine their leaves, I've always found it fascinating how all trees have different leaf textures.
Oh:( I can't imagine my life without polars.
Here is a close-up of their leaves. They're rather small and, in my opinion, very pretty:



And here is another magnificent picture of poplars:D:

 
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As a bonsai grower my favourite trees are Ficus (especially the indigenous South African ones), Maples and Olives, but I'm trying to grow some species that get small fruit. I could never choose just one as I like most trees, whether evergreen or deciduous. I'm not a big fan of confers though.
 
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Oh:( I can't imagine my life without polars.
Here is a close-up of their leaves. They're rather small and, in my opinion, very pretty:



And here is another magnificent picture of poplars:D:

The leaves are like teardrops, I think that generally, trees with teardrop leaves are the prettiest. What's fascinating to me is how leaves in nature can be perfectly symmetrical (like the ones in the image); nature is a magical thing.

Question: Have you ever studied a tree and realized that it looks just like a human body with all of its curves and arms?
 
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Question: Have you ever studied a tree and realized that it looks just like a human body with all of its curves and arms?
No, not really. I think that human body is beautiful and trees are beautiful as well, but in my opinion these are different kinds of beauty. To be honest, I don't see any similarities between them.
It would be scary if some people were so giant:p
 
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Preya, I see what you mention about trees resembling people. I guess it's how one views the world, and all it's mysteries. Trees have their own life force, and although they are 'just a plant,' I believe they feel things in their environment, just like we do. Surely they know when the climate and seasons are changing, as we can all see their response to those things. And yes, I talk to my plants, lol, begging them to grow for me as I tend to them.
The Angel Trumpet trees are fantastically beautiful. They grow quick, and respond very well to coddling. I found a source for them and have since become sort of a collector of the different colors and flower types.
http://www.trumpetflowers.com/
 
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Angel Trumpet Tree attracts hummingbirds, doesn't it? Have you seen any of those lovely, little creatures?:)
As for the tree, I agree that it's gorgeous, I love the big flowers! I wish I could grow it in my garden. Unfortunately, the climate here is too cold.
 

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