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Oak Trees to Fruit: New Year, New Garden

Blair Brown — May 30, 2019

A new year has arrived and a garden refresh is ideal for marking the occasion. Worried about the weather? It may still be chilly outside, and several of our neighborhood trees are bare, but that doesn’t mean curb appeal takes a backseat. I mean, lavishing your landscape with new picks, from Oak Trees to Privacy Trees and more, is a no brainer.

Indoors or out, the new year is perfect for a new garden. And with our favorite selections, we’ll have you covered.

1. Shumard Oak Trees

A standout go-to amongst your more traditional Oak Trees, the Shumard is famous for its resiliency.This tree can withstand floods, droughts and extremely strong winds. Really. So you’ll never need to worry about how the Shumard Oak will hold up in inclement weather.

And though it’s native to Kansas, the Shumard thrives in nearly any location and in any soil condition. From urban landscapes to soggy land, it’s tolerant and adaptable. Plus, its cold hardiness makes it a force to be reckoned with in frigid climes.

2. Ann Magnolias

It may seem like an unlikely favorite for the new year (and the winter season in particular), but the Ann Magnolia Tree is actually cold hardy down to -30 degrees.The Ann encompasses everything you love about Magnolias: Compact, colorful, and easy-to-manage.


Even better? The Ann is known for its visual interest. Red-purple bloomscover the tree with mesmerizing spring colors, growinginto 7- to 9-inch blossomsthat look stunning against the dark green foliage.

3. Cold Hardy Russian Red Pomegranates

Ok, so fresh fruit isn’t usually associated with the new year and colder season, but the Cold Hardy Russian Red is in a league of its own. It may not be a shade variety like our Oak Trees or Privacy Trees, but it’s ideal for production and good looks in 2019, indoors or out.

For starters, the Russian Red Pomegranate provides reliable fruit harvests in both good and bad years.Although it thrives in growing zones 6 through 9, it will also produce in mild zone 6 areas that are protected from harsh winds. Far North states (those in growing zones 3 through 5) can plant their Poms in pots to bring indoors for the winter.

4. Arbequina Olive Trees

Fresh, healthy olives, from your garden or indoors. Arbequinas are popular because of their flavor, but they also have a high concentration of healthy, antioxidant-rich oils from pounds of home-grown olives.

Plus, Arbequinas grow nearly anywhere. They’re seldom bothered by pests and will grow organically, no matter where you live. Best of all, thesetrees are semi-deciduous, meaning they only drop their leaves in extreme cold, tolerate 20-degree weather and thrive indoors year-round.


5. Willow Hybrids

Growing nearly anywhere in the country (and boasting cold hardiness down to -20 degrees), the Willow Hybrid is an enduring favorite.

And though it may look small when it arrives to your door, the Willow Hybrid transforms quickly.In fact, our Willow Hybrids typically form a thick green wall by the end of the first full growing season.

Basically, you can plant your Willow Hybrids 5 feet apart, stand back and marvel at the gorgeous growth. Don’t just limit lucky, lush greens to your plate for the new year – they’re ideal for your backyard, too!

So, whether you’re looking for Oak Trees, Privacy Trees or the ever-popular Fruit Tree, we have an array of fast-growing, healthful plants and other staples you’ll love. Check out all we have to green up your garden!

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.

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