"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today"
- Proverb from unknown source
- Proverb from unknown source
For those new to tree planting, it can be difficult to chose the right tree to grace your property for the next several decades. Unbiased advice can be hard to find, especially as tree knowledge at most stores can be limited and directed at selling only the trees stocked there. Here we list our favorite trees, and discuss which are faster growing, which have good drought tolerance or other desirable characteristics. All of these trees grow well with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon.
- Here you see Bur Oak, Quercus marcocarpa. Bur Oak is a beautiful, long lived oak. This tree is slow growing but worth the wait.
- This tree has a good drought tolerance, which will be improved by planting with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®, allowing it to establish deeper roots.
- It has the most western range of any eastern U.S. oak, growing up to the edge of the Great Plains.
- It can grow eighty feet tall and eighty feet wide, and needs full sun for maximum growth.
- It can grow in most of the U.S. (USDA zones 3-8) and is very long lived.
- It will provide much home for wildlife with its unusual acorns.
- This tree can be purchased in the right size for the Waterboxx PlantCocoon here.
- Here is the Thornless Honeylocust, Gleditsia triacanthos form inermis.
- This tree is remarkably drought tolerant, and established specimens seem to have been barely affected by recent drought.
- It has a deep tap root, allowing excellent growth with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®.
- It has light, airy leaves, which allow sunlight to filter through to grass below.
- It can grow in zones 3-9 and is pollution and salt tolerant, making it a good street tree.
- You can buy this tree in appropriate sizes for the Waterboxx here.
- Here is Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra. This is one of the fastest growing of all oak trees.
- This tree is not as drought tolerant as Bur Oak, but will do fair if it is well established. Of course, planting with the Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon® will induce deeper roots, helping it survive any droughts.
- This tree is very pollution tolerant, and produces minimal mess (except acorns which will be quickly eaten in most places by wildlife).
- This tree grows up to seventy-five feet tall and up to forty feet wide.
- Northern Red Oak will grow in USDA zones 3-8.
- This tree can be purchased inexpensively and in appropriate sizes for the Waterboxx here.
- As this tree is common, it may be gratifying to try to try and grow this tree from seeds found in local parks (just use the float test to make sure the acorn is viable).
- This tree, Bald Cypress or Taxodium distichum, seems to defy all classification. It is an evergreen that loses its leaves in the fall (hence the name bald), a tree native to southern swamps that grows as far north as Wisconsin.
- This tree is excellent for most urban and suburban environments. It has well behaved roots which should not damage nearby pavement, and is pollution tolerant.
- Bald Cypress grows up to seventy feet tall and twenty five feet wide.
- It can grow in zones 4-10, and will adapt itself to wet or dry soils.
- This tree has a medium growth rate (improved if planting a bare root variety with the Waterboxx PlantCocoon®).
- Bald Cypress does best in full sun.
- Bald Cypress does make famous buttressing "cypress knees", but these will only occur in very wet conditions (in swamps).
- Bald Cypress can be difficult to establish so we recommend planting two per Waterboxx and removing the weaker tree after one year. You can buy the Bald Cypress here.
- Giant sequoias, Sequoiadendron giganteum, are the largest living things on Earth and the second oldest (living up to 3000 years).
- This sequoia, shown here after planting with the Waterboxx, was never watered after planting. It continues to grow well in Indiana more than 18 months after the Waterboxx was removed (still without any water added).
- Sequoias were very difficult to grow outdoors, even in their natural habitat, before the Waterboxx. The Waterboxx has made growing them in almost any climate in the continental U.S. much easier. The sequoia needs constant but not excessive water to its roots when young - a need met perfectly by the Waterboxx. It also needs protection from excessive heat and cold - also provided by the Waterboxx.
- Sequoias can be grown in almost every state. They are a great conversation piece, of profound long term environmental benefit, and incredibly fun to grow. Plant one to experience years of wonder for yourself and posterity. You can buy sequoia saplings here (recommended) or seeds here.
Here is a 6 foot tall man (speck in lower right with a white hat) being truly humbled next to a grove of Coast Redwoods in central California.
Coast Redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens) are able to be grown only in a narrow band along the Pacific Coast from just south of San Francisco to northern Washington state, in the United States. A few other climates (i.e. New Zealand) have sufficiently moderate temperatures to grow this natural wonder, the tallest tree on Earth.
If you live in this narrow band and wish to plant a Coast Redwood, there is no better way to establish this tree than with the Groasis Waterboxx - which provides moderate temperatures and consistent moisture for the first critical 1-2 years of the tree's life.
This tree is only available as saplings (less than 2 feet tall) from growers, perfect size for the Waterboxx.
Our preferred source is giant-sequoia.com.
These trees are very fast growing and should be planted in areas with sufficient room and not close to power lines or airports, just like their cousin the Giant Sequoia.