Deciduous trees from Lappen, such as the Tilia (lime), Acer (maple), Fagus sylvatica (copper beech), Quercus (oak) and Nyssa (tupelo gum), offer the onlooker a sensational display of autumn colours. In turn, other plants bloom attractively in spring, amongst others the Prunus ‘accolade’, yedoensis or ‘Taihaku’ (Japanese cherry), together with a large number of other ornamental trees.
In summer they provide shade in the streets, car parks, gardens and parks. Such varieties with highly developed crowns and high growth, including the Liriodendron (tulip tree), are particularly suited as free-standing solitary trees for parks and avenues.
The acer platanoides ‘Columnare Dila’ (columnar Norway maple), on the other hand, is frequently planted in narrow streets and small parks. The frost-hardy and wind-resistant, but somewhat heat-sensitive Acer freemanii ‘Armstrong’ (red maple), one of the 150 sub-species of the acer (maple), is also suitable for planting in confined spaces and narrow streets. Its bark is silver-grey and it blooms before bud burst in March with beautiful orange-red panicles.
But it’s not only the growth and colours that are important when selecting the right tree. The climatic and soil conditions at the future planting site also play a key role. For instance, the straightforward Alnus (alder) places no particular demands on the soil. It thrives on nutrient-poor, dry soils while simultaneously coping with a high level of soil saturation.