Guide to Selecting and Specifying Nursery Stock [chapter]

Jim Sellmer, Larry Kuhns
2007 Urban and Community Forestry in the Northeast  
Successfully planting of trees in urban areas is a difficult task. There are many things that must be done accurately, and a mistake in only one area can result in the failure of the plantation. Sites must be selected and evaluated thoroughly to determine if trees are appropriate for them, and if there is sufficient suitable soil to support their growth. Species that are adaptable to the site conditions must be selected and then located and purchased. The trees must be planted properly and
more » ... d properly and maintained until established in the site. It is the objective of this chapter to define the factors that make a high-quality tree, and help urban tree managers locate and purchase high-quality trees for their communities. Selecting Quality Trees Plant Nomenclature A lot of effort should go into selection of the best trees for particular sites. The best tree may be identified by its species, but in many situations it will be a named variety. When ordering the trees selected it is important to order by both the common and Latin names, giving the genus and species, and the variety name if appropriate. Many mistakes have been made over the years by both the tree managers in ordering the trees and by nursery owners supplying the trees. Tree managers must be extremely careful to order exactly what they want, and must check every tree that they receive to assure the species and variety delivered match what is ordered. 199 Urban and Community Forestry in the Northeast, 2nd ed., edited by, J. E. Kuser.
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