♤♡largest alder in States, name from its scraped bark, smooth, ash grey, draped often with moss, leaf bluntly serrated, acute tip, margin revolute, distinguishing it from all other alders, males red falling catkins, females erect, woody cone-like oval fruit
Prairie Flameleaf Sumac [Rhus lanceolata] - Small, relatively quick-growing tree, up to 30 ft. Deciduous. Sun. Prefers dry, limestone soils. Drought, cold, and heat tolerant. Generally disease/pest-free. Enjoyed as an ornamental for showy fall color and fruit. Attracts butterflies. Larval host. Fruits attract birds and deer browse foliage. Like evergreen sumac, flameleaf sumac berries are edible and can be made into a lemonade-like drink.
It’s hard moving into a new house, and not having big trees for privacy or shade. Here are a few suggestions of trees that grow quickly. Most trees that grow quickly have shallow roots, and weak wood. So you might want to consider planting a few slower growing trees …
Texas Lilac ~ Vitex Blooms all summer long...drought tolerent! Can be grown as a shrub but looks better trimmed as a tree (like the photo). After blooming, shear back (never more than 1/4 of the plant) and it will rebloom and grow vigorously! Love this tree