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Most Michigan top gardeners want to grow a large fruit, nut or berry crop as soon as possible, however, the most important consideration in growing trees and plants is whether the tree will be damaged or killed by quick, frigid winter temperature drops. The gardener considers whether to buy a large tree or to plant a fast growing tree, however there is a conundrum and a "Catch 22" that faces him, because a fast growing tree or plant has elongated and diluted cell wall inner material like lignin and cellulose that makes the tree wall cold hardy, so that fast growing trees are often susceptible to low temperature damage or death, and frequently it is better to plant a slow growing tree or plant.


During the winter months Michigan experiences extremely cold temperatures for fruit tree, especially in Northern Michigan. Many fruit trees grow in Michigan, and the Red Mulberry Tree, Morus rubra, is a native mulberry tree that is found growing in all MI forests. Mulberries are a favorite food for wildlife animals like deer and game birds in Michigan. Apples are favorite fruit trees in MI., and several apple tree cultivars, such as the Lodi apple trees and Cortland apple tree are cold hardy, but the Lodi must be cross pollinated, if a gardener expects to produce apples. Dolgo crabapple, and Transcendent crabapple trees are very good pollinators for apple trees, because the crabapple pollen matures over a long period of time and is available over an extensive period for apple pollination. Sour cherry trees are best grown as pie cherries, since the North Star cherry trees and Montmorency red cherry trees are very cold hardy. Sweet cherries like the Black Tartarian cherry and the Bing cherry will grow in Southern Michigan, but are somewhat less cold hardy than Sour (pie) cherries. Sungold apricot trees produce very sweet apricots of a high quality. The recommended fig trees to grow in the State of Michigan, the Chicago Hardy fig tree is guaranteed to grow in USDA climate zones of 5 and 6 with proper mulching and shelter. Many other figs, the Black Mission fig, the white Italian fig tree and the brown turkey fig trees can be grown in MI greenhouse or protected to grow indoors.



White walnut trees, Juglans cinerea, are native American nut trees and delicious nuts to use in baking and cooking. The White walnut, Juglans cinerea is also called the “Butternut”, a very delicious nut, and the wood of both the White walnut tree and the Black walnut trees are very valuable, desirable wood to use in furniture and crafts. The Carya ovata, Shagbark hickory nut trees, produce bushels of nuts much favored by wildlife animals and wildlife game birds. The Shagbark hickory nut tree wood is often a favorite smoking agent for adding sweet, smoky flavor to fowl and other meats. Chinese chestnut trees and the native American chestnut hybrid trees are blight resistant and produce their heavy nut crops in the late fall.



Find Berry plants, especially blueberry bushes, that are a very important commercial berry plant that is grown in Michigan blueberry orchards. Elderberries are native berry bushes and are grown for Elderberry wine and jelly. Red raspberry plants such as Boyne red raspberry bushes, Heritage and Latham raspberries are important red raspberry plants for MI. backyard gardeners. Cold hardy grape vines such as the white Niagara grapevine. and the blue Seedless Concord grapes are important grapevines for planting for fresh eating, or to be fermented as wine grapes, Seedless blue Concord grape juice, and grape jelly. Discover how to get information tips on reviews on how to order and purchase and grow Michigan berry bushes.



Michigan homeowners need to get a cooling, high quality, shade during the hot summer and Michigan State University that is located at East Lansing, MI.. recommends several types of Oak Trees to plant as shade trees to include Black oak, Quercus velutina that grows very large leaves that are perfect for shade,. and White oak trees Quercus alba, are slower growing, but planting a White oak tree provides a shady spot for perennial and annual flowering plants. The Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra, is a good shade provider, and the spectacular red leaf color during the Northern fall season attracts tourists and many fall leaf color enthusiastic explorers. The Swamp White oak tree, Quercus bicolor, is a vigorous, fast growing oak tree, even in upland elevations. The Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa, has very large leaves, perfect for making dense shade, and the Pin Oak, Quercus palustris, has brilliant fall forest leaf color of many brilliant and vibrant rainbow colors. The Sycamore tree, Platanus occidentalis. has very large leaves for fast shade and yellow fall color, and the Sycamore tree is one of the fastest growing trees of America forests and is a native to Michigan tree forests.The Sassafras tree is an excellent flowering tree with yellow fragrant blooms and also functions as a very large growing shade tree. The weeping willow tree is one of the best rapid growing MI shade trees that makes a dense privacy screen that will filter out noise and automobile fumes. The Tulip poplar tree and the Lombardy poplar poplar tree are fast growing trees, and the Lombardy poplar tree has been recorded to grow over 8 feet in the first year that it has been transplanted and when planted in dense extended rows will provide a good privacy fence and a wind breaker. During the fall the Ginkgo tree, the sweet gum trees and the green ash tree are brilliantly colored in their leaf change.



Wildlife food sources are very important to animal conservationists, and the Kieffer pear tree is a hard pear that ripens over a long period in the fall, along with the American persimmon tree to provide aromatic scented fruit for deer, squirrels and game birds. The seedling crabapple tree, the black mulberry tree and the Chickasaw plum trees ripen smaller fruit during the normal growing season. In the fall the elderberry plant, the autumn olive tree and the strawberry bushes ripen lots of berries during the fall that attract the trophy deer and game birds and animals. The hickory tree, the American chestnut trees (blight resistant) and the Chinese chestnut tree drop hickory nuts and chestnuts over a long period of time in the fall and winter as wildlife food becomes more scarce. The white oak tree, the gobbler oak tree and the fast growing sawtooth oak trees produce heavy crops of acorns that attract Michigan wildlife animals, including deer, turkey and game animals.



Several Maple trees are fast growing Michigan shade trees that include the Red Maple shade trees. Acer rubra, with giant leaves of red in the Fall and the sugar maple tree and silver maple tree. The American Beech trees, Fagus grandiflora grow into enormous shade trees, and the beechnuts are good, fall food for Michigan wildlife animals and MI. wildlife birds. The Black Gum shade tree, Nyssa sylvatica, is a native tree suitable to very low, wet areas and will provide dense shade during Michigan hot summers. The American Elm tree, Ulmus americana, is a fast growing tree that is grown for shading home entertainment areas. The Tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipfera, is one of the fastest growing, native, Michigan trees that gives the bonus of tulip like yellow, flowering tree branches loaded with fragrant, three inch cup-shaped, tulip- like flowers. The Redbud tree, Cercis canadensis, is a native flowering tree to Michigan forests, and the “Forest Pansy” Redbud tree is a highly desirable flowering tree for landscaping.Two other very cold hardy trees are the dogwood tree and the purple wisteria tree that also flowers in a white alternate color.


The best Michigan top bamboo plants are presently being successfully grown from Detroit in the South Michigan to the Capitol at Lansing, and will survive the seriously cold winters that can rarely drop temperatures to minus 20 degrees below zero. In Michigan bamboo plants will flourish when planted in the full sun or in partial shade and can best grow in an organic damp soil. The stalks of the bamboo grow in a wide variety of colors to include yellow, black-green, blue and even variegated poles or leaves. The most popular use in the landscapes of bamboo plants is as a privacy screen that filters out sound, car fumes and blocks the traffic of intruders. This fast growing privacy plant is beautiful when growing as a hedge or as a clump of specimen stalks (culms, stems, poles) Any time of the year, you can order bamboo plants from Ty Ty Bamboo Nursery ( tytyga.com) and the plants will be neatly boxed and shipped fast to you doorstep.


For tree lovers and plant collectors in Michigan, Yucca trees, Agave plants and Aloe plants are fascinating spiny, thorny plants with prickly sharp spines at the end of the leaf that give fair warning to beware children. The well publicized Aloe vera plant has juices in the leaf that have first aid healing qualities for bumblebee stings, fire ant bites and burn wounds to the skin. The Agave tequilana has sweet juice that is fermented into the alcohol beverage, tequila. There are several evergreen trees, Yucca rostrata, the Spanish Bayonet, Yucca gloriosa, and the Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia that are cold hardy enough to grow outside in your yard in Michigan. The Century Plant, Agave americana, 'Marginata' is a white brilliant striped plant that grows into a large vibrantly colored specimen plant that at maturity sends up a 30 foot tall inflorescence and then dies, but a cluster of small agaves remain at the stump of the plant. The Aloe vera plant contains a juice with healing and curing qualities for fire ant stings, bee bites and wounds and burns to the flesh, and the Aloe vera plants are widely grown in dish gardens as a container plant for first aid treatments.