Stakes For Zone 7
Alder Live Stakes
Originating in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, the alder is a hardy tree that flourishes in poor quality, moist soil where many trees cannot survive. Commonly known as the black alder, European alder, or common alder, healthy alder may reach a height of approximately 100 feet at maturity, while a height of 50-60 feet is more commonly observed. It thrives in full sun conditions. Wild forms and mutations of the alder do exist and often produce interesting attractive varieties. Younger alders typically exhibit a smooth bark of brown-green color, while older trees show a mottled, darker gray or brown bark. Leaves are dark green and are approximately four inches in length; they are round, serrated on the margin, are somewhat short in appearance, and are glossy on top and dull on the underside. The alder's leaves typically turn a vibrant, bright yellow during the fall months when the weather turns chilly, though the color may vary amongst wilder forms. The alder produces catkins very early in the blooming season, sometimes even while the colder weather still prevails. Brown fruit is created and is typically observed during the fall and winter months. Zones 2 through 8 are considered to be optimal conditions for the alder.
Live Stakes of American Beech Helps Control Erosion
The American Beech, Fagus grandifolia, is a hardy tree native to the Eastern United States and southernmost portion of Canada. This tree is only found natively in the Western hemisphere. During growing season they have dark green, sparsely toothed leaf. During autumn, they have beautiful fall foliage. Their bark is a smooth silver-grey. American Beech trees are deciduous and monoecious. They produce a nut, and can also reproduce through root sprouts. In natural settings, it is common to find stands of genetic clones of beech trees due to this second method. These trees are more tolerant of shade than other trees in its range but do well in full sun also. Because of their shade tolerance, they can out-compete other species, such as red maple.