Fast growing shade tree for sandy soil

Asked July 10, 2020, 5:42 PM EDT

St. Joseph area home with ver sandy soil. What fast growing shade tree of medium size would be best for this location? Thank you. Val Schnable schnable1@sbcglobal.net

Berrien County Michigan

1 Response

Not an easy question to answer because the choices are MANY. Trees are a long term investment and any decisions should be made on all aspects of a particular trees cultural requirements, particularly soil measurement information that comes from a soil test, which allows you to match a tree to actual soil properties. Read more here:
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/look_before_you_plant_landscape_trees

Soil test info: https://homesoiltest.msu.edu/

Look around in your travels for trees that you may like. Most important of all is that you like the tree because you will be looking at it for a long time. Here are a few ideas for Michigan: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/native_plants_for_michigan_landscapes_part_1_trees

Finally use a site like the following at Morton Arboretum to search for a particular
tree to gain pertinent information about it: https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/allegheny-serviceberry

Good luck!