Ames Place Tree Species
The dominant trees within Ames Place are sycamores, pin oaks, ashes, red maples, and sweet gums. In the past 10-15 years, tulip poplars and sour-gums were added to the mix. To replace our aging sycamores and ashes we are now primarily trying to plant more native species such as white oak, black oak, shingle oak, burr oak, willow oak, sour gum, basswood, and hackberry.
We try to maintain a tall stately canopy. Therefore we shy away from planting pines and smaller flowering trees in the tree-lawns such as dogwoods, magnolias, redbuds and crabapples.
Among trees not recommended for planting within Ames Place are:
- Silver maple - prohibited by most municipalities due to invasive roots and easily breakable branches
- Gingko - difficulty in determining gender in young saplings; messy, smelly fruits
- Sycamore - prone to disease; messy all year round
- Sweet Gum - messy gumballs
- Mulberry - invasive weed, messy fruits
- Birch - multiple stems, crooked stance. Not a stately presence.