Friday, October 20, 2023

Planting a Possumhaw Holly Tree

 Linda decided she wanted a Possumhaw Holly tree in the back yard.  She found it thru the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which describes it as a "small, deciduous tree or shrub,15-30 ft. tall".  It was hard to find, but she bought one from a nursery in Tennessee which mailed it to her.

Of course, our tree doesn't look like that (yet).  It's a bare stick with an attached root ball.

Linda wants it planted where the jungle was, and we've already cleared that off, so all we have to do is peel back the mulch and black plastic and dig a hole.

This turns out to be harder than we thought since the exact spot where she wants it planted has a buried stump.

And once we get the stump out, we hit rock.

But after hours of work, we get a hole ready for it.

Of course removing the stump, and the rock, means we have to bring in bags of dirt.  Seven bags (40 pounds each), plus a couple of bags of mulch.  Home Depot. $27.24.


The result is a nicely planted tree.  Note most of what appears to be the tree here is actually the bamboo stake that holds it up -- the tree itself is barely a foot tall.