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This list details a different tree or shrub used in the landscaping completed in 2002, and includes the estimated homeowner cost for those who would like to see the same plantings at home.

SIUE Upgrade Location: Side medians of fan parking areas

SIUE Upgrade Location: North of Paylot B

SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots

PLANT THAT TREE

SIUE Upgrade Location: Side medians of fan parking areas
Use: Shrub barrier hedge
Plant Name: Japanese Barberry (shrub)
Growth Habit: Much branched, very dense rounded shrub
Texture: Dense, multi-stemmed habit
Landscape Value: Hedge or barrier. Usually, barberries are little-troubled under ordinary landscape conditions. They are first rate plants for color and durability.
Estimated homeowner cost: 5 gallon, 18" height, $14.80; 3-6' height, 4-7' width at maturity

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SIUE Upgrade Location: North of Paylot B
Use: Informal grove of canopy and flowering trees as infill/extension of wooded stands within central campus
Plant Name: Ash tree, "Urbanite"
Growth Habit: Softly pyramidal when young; developing an upright-spreading habit at maturity
Leaf Color: Dark green in summer to yellow in fall
Landscape Value: Transplants readily and grows about anywhere; grows fast and tolerates salt drought and wind; can be used for streets, lawns, commercial areas, parks, golf courses, and almost any other area.
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" caliper, $104.00; 50' height, 40' width at maturity

SIUE Upgrade Location: North of Paylot B
Use: Informal grove of canopy and flowering trees as infill/extension of wooded stands within central campus
Plant Name: Flowering Crabapple "Robinson"
Growth Habit: Upright-spreading, dense branches
Flower color: Crimson buds opening to deep pink flowers
Landscape Value: Ornamental crabapples are an outstanding group of small flowering trees for landscape planting. Few other trees or shrubs approach the beauty of a crabapple tree in full flower. They are valued for foliage, flowers, fruit, and variations in habit or size. Crabapples are suited for home, grounds, schools, parks, commercial and public buildings and highway plantings.
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" caliper, $96.00; at maturity: 25' high, 25' wide

SIUE Upgrade Location: North of Paylot B
Use: Informal grove of canopy and flowering trees as infill/extension of wooded stands within central campus
Plant Name: Zelkova "Village Green"
Growth Habit: Vase shaped tree, medium growth rate
Landscape Value: Transplants readily, very wind and drought tolerant; considered a very handsome tree because of good foliage and bark; well suited for lawns, parks and residential areas
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" caliper, $96.00; at maturity: 60' high, width generally less than height

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SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Serviceberry
Growth Habit: Multi-stemmed large shrub or small tree with a rounded top of many small branches. Medium growth rate, elegant in winter.
Landscape Value: Will tolerate full sun or partial shade and rarely requires pruning. Very pleasing in a naturalistic planting, blends in well on the edges of woodlands or near ponds, blends into shrub borders especially with evergreen background.
Leaf color: Fall color from yellow to apricot-orange. One of the finest small trees for fall coloration; however, may color and drop leaves early in the fall.
Estimated homeowner cost: 7 gallon, $57.95; at maturity: 15-25' high, with a variable spread
Additional note: Rumor has it that serviceberry pie ranks in the first order of desserts.

SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Washington Hawthorn
Growth Habit: Low-branched tree with wide spreading thorny branches densely set. Slow to medium growth rate.
Landscape Value: Often grown as a tree or shrub form. Use as single specimen, screens, barrier plant or hedge. Many people remark about the attractive fruit and ask the plant's identity. The tree should not be used in high traffic areas as the thorns present a problem.
Leaf color: Bronze-red to purplish red in fall.
Estimated homeowner cost: 1-1/2" caliper, $75.00; 20-30' high, 20-35' wide at maturity
Additional note: DO NOT USE this plant in the landscape where small children are apt to play.

SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Green Hawthorn
Growth Habit: Low-branched tree with wide spreading thorny branches densely set. Slow to medium growth rate.
Landscape Value: Often grown as a tree or shrub form. Use as single specimen, screens, barrier plant or hedge. Thorns present a problem and the trees should not be used in high traffic areas. Only a few birds like the fruit of the Hawthorn and therefore they remain effective for a long time.
Leaf color: Foliage is a lustrous medium green color in summer, changing to purple and scarlet in the fall.
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" Caliper, $148.00, 20-30' high and wide

SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Eastern Redbud
Growth Habit: Medium growth rate. Usually a small tree with the trunk divided near the ground forming a spreading flat topped to rounded crown. Often referred to as "a native tree with a touch of class." Does well in many soil types except permanently wet ones. Will tolerate full sun or light shade. Effective as a single specimen, in groupings, or in the shrub border; especially nice in woodland and naturalized type situations.
Leaf color: Fall color can be an excellent yellow. Flowers open in March-April and last for 2-3 weeks.
Estimated homeowner cost: 6-10" height, $40.00-$95.00; at maturity, 20-30' high with 25'-35' spread.

SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Sycamore, improved variety: more disease resistant than most other sycamores.
Growth Habit: Bark is red to gray-brown and scaly near the base. It will exfoliate on upper trunk exposing lighter colored inner layers. This plant is usually a tree with a large massive trunk and a wide-spreading open crown of massive crooked branches. A striking and impressive specimen especially in winter when the white mottled bark stands out against the cold gray sky. Growth habit is irregular. In a native planting this plant can be an impressive site in the landscape.
Leaf color: Leaves emerge late in spring and are tan to brown in fall.
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" caliper, $148.00; at maturity, 75'-100' high with a similar spread. Shop for improved variety only!
Additional notes: The wood is heavy, hard, tough and coarse grained, and is used for furniture, boxes, crates, and butcher blocks
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SIUE Upgrade Location: Back perimeter of fan parking lots
Use: Transition planting from natural woodland to informal groves of canopy and flowering trees
Plant Name: Pin Oak
Growth Habit: Fast growing; will tolerate wet soils and is found in the wild on wet clay flats where water may stand for several weeks. Prefers full sun. Probably the most widely used oak for lawn, park, golf course, commercial landscapes and streets. This tree has outstanding customer appeal.
Leaf color: Bronze or red fall color
Estimated homeowner cost: 2" caliper, $96.00; at maturity, 60-75' high with spread of 25'-40'. Can easily grow to 100'+ in height.

For those who have purchased or plan to purchase one of the trees on the list, follow these instructions:

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PLANT THAT TREE!

1. Don't forget the most important first step-select the proper tree. Avoid the "it's so pretty" impulse! Do the homework. Select a tree with the correct mature height and one that will easily adapt to the soil and planting site.

2. Choose at least a 5'-6' tree grown to nursery standards.

3. Select a site with enough room for roots and branches to reach full size. Avoid overhead and underground utilities.

4. Dig the hole as deep as the root ball and no deeper so the soil under the root ball is undisturbed.

5. Dig a hole two to three times as wide as the root ball. This will allow roots to grow more easily into this area.

6. Do not add soil amendments. (Old recommendations for adding soil amendments such as peat moss have been discarded.) Simply use the soil removed from the hole as backfill.

7. Prune only broken or dead branches at planting time. Removing live branches removes a source of stored energy important in overcoming planting stress.

8. Stake trees only when needed as in windy or high-traffic areas. Wire, even if protected with garden hose, can damage the trunk. Use broad-banded materials, check frequently, and remove after one year. Wait a year to fertilize unless using a slow release fertilizer. Add three to four inches of mulch such as wood chips. Mulch should not come in contact with the trunk.

9. Do not wrap trees during the growing season. Wrap can hold moisture next to the trunk and serve as a home for insects.

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