Trees are a big investment. This isn’t only because they often have a hefty price tag, but also because they take up a lot of garden real estate and aren’t plants that you’ll be able to readily relocate. When choosing a tree, it’s important to make sure it performs in all four seasons. It shouldn’t just have lovely spring blooms and decent fall color. It should also have winter interest and other noteworthy traits that shine when it’s not at its peak. And a tree should be largely pest- and disease-free, with low needs when it comes to care. After all, who wants to invest in a plant that will require 50 years of high maintenance?
Woody plant expert Paul Cappiello understands these requirements well. As executive director for the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky, he is constantly evaluating the pros and cons of trees. And on his plant travels around the world, he’s always keeping an eye out for trees that are exceptional in myriad ways. For this presentation, Paul reached out to several of his horticultural friends and colleagues to provide you with a list of incredible trees that you will never regret planting. Whatever you choose, it will be one of the best garden investments you’ll make.
|Paul Cappiello is executive director of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Kentucky. Paul is a woody plant expert, frequent Fine Gardening contributor, and author of Dogwoods, the definitive guide on North America’s most beloved tree. When Paul isn’t giving lectures across the country, you’ll find him traveling extensively to the world’s most incredible gardens. And his wit almost surpasses his horticultural knowledge.