Tree Wish List

"I'd like to get away from earth for awhile

And then come back to it and begin over.

May no fate willfully misunderstand me

And half grant what I wish and snatch me away

Not to return. Earth's the right place for love:

I don't know where it's likely to go better.

I'd like to go by climbing a birch tree,

And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk

Toward the heaven, till the tree could bear no more,

But dipped its top and set me down again."

 

From "Birches" by Robert Frost 

The word, magnanimous comes to the mind when we see tall mature canopy trees like the oak. "Magnanimous" originates from Latin magnanimus from magnus ‘great’ + animus ‘soul.’ The trees teach us the Great Mind of the buddhas and bodhisattvas.

 

Now we are dreaming about trees. Soon we will plant the trees. We will care for the trees. We will watch the trees. We will harvest nuts and fruits. Birds will come to the farm because of the trees.

 

Here is our wish-list of trees.

Nut Trees:

  • Chestnut

  • Korean Pine Nut

  • Hazelnut

  • Black Walnut

  • Butternut

  • Hickory (shagbark, shellbark)

  • Beech

  • Pecan (northern)

Fruit Trees:

  • Pawpaw

  • Apple (Kingston Black, Dabinette, Yarlington Mill, Honey Crisp, Mutsu, Virginia Crab, Liberty, Winecrisp)

  • Pear

  • Plum (American, Beach)

  • Persimmon

  • Seaberry

  • Mulberry

  • American plum

Lumber

  • Black Cherry

  • Oak (Red, White, Bur, Swamp, Pin, Shingle)

  • Black Locust

  • Maple (Red, Sugar, Silver)

  • Tuliptree

  • Basswood (American)

  • Catalpa (Northern)

  • Blackgum

  • European Larch

Riparian:

  • Willow (Weeping, Corkscrew, Prairie, Pussy, Sandbar, Streamco)

  • American Sycamore

  • Birch (River, Paper, Yellow)

  • Arrowwood

  • Buttonbush

  • Silky Dogwood​

 

Hedges​

  • Dogwood (Gray, Red stem, Red osier)

  • Highbush Cranberry

  • Nannyberry

  • Winterberry

  • Staghorn Sumac

Berries:

  • Raspberry

  • Elderberry

  • Currant

  • Gooseberry

  • Blueberry

Ornamental

  • Witch Hazel

  • Beach plum

  • Magnolia

  • Lilac

  • Eastern Redbud

  • Chokeberry

  • Dogwood (Pagoda, Gray)

  • Winterberry

  • Hackberry