In the Landscape

The Right Tree

July 10, 2019

Trees Are Good! This episode focuses on key aspects of selecting, planting, and pruning new shade trees for your landscape project. Your hosts Charles and Kate Sadler share their visits to the tree growers of Portland,Oregon region. Considering the lifelong size and shape of the tree you plant has lasting implications for your landscape. We discuss practical tips including structural pruning as trees come home from the nursery and evaluating soil conditions and watering needs. Visit kinggardeninc on Instagram for images from our nursery visits.

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Scientific Names of Some Species Mentioned:

Live Oak - Quercus virginiana

California Live Oak - Quercus agrifolia

Texas Red Oak - Quercus texana

Water Oak - Quercus nigra 


Some of the growers and gardens we visited in Portland Oregon region: 

J. Frank Schmidt & Sons Co. - wholesale grower of shade, flowering and specialty ornamental trees

Iseli Nursery - wholesale growers of rare dwarf conifers, Japanese Maples, ornamental trees and shrubs

Portland Oregon Japanese Garden


Links to the work of Dr. Ed Gilman -

Texas A&M University Tree Selector/ Planting Guide:

Arbor Day Foundation

Tree and Shrub Encyclopedia by Michael A. Dirr: Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs

Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder provides the public with educational information about the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in the urban environment. The site contains resources from the International Society of Arboriculture, and also provides a collection of reliable tree care information provided by other industry organizations.

Planting the right tree for Energy Conservation - University of Florida


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Acclaimed Landscape Design and Care Artist, plus ISA Certified Arborist Charles King Sadler,ASLA,ISA has been sought after for consulting and training in landscape design restoration and care by top landscape architecture firms and horticulturalists throughout North America and in Europe, and he has designed and cared for some of the finest properties in North American. Charles builds on over two decades of experience working on over 600 landscapes. Charles received his fine arts education from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and his Landscape Architecture training from SUNY-ESF; school of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University Campus.

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