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North Carolina Trees

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What Trees are Native to North Carolina?

The red maple is a North Carolina native tree. It grows about 2 feet per year and matures to 40 to 60 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide. These North Carolina trees steal the show in fall with their fiery red foliage. The river birch is a very fast growing tree that is native to North Carolina. It has 1 to 4 trunks with unique flaky bark and grows up to 50 feet tall and 25 to 40 feet wide. The tulip poplar is another extremely fast growing North Carolina native shade tree. It grows up to 70 feet tall and 30 to 40 feet wide and has lovely tulip-like blossoms in spring. The native American sycamore is also fast growing with growth rates of 3 to 6 feet per year. This hardy shade tree is beautiful and has a very long lifespan. The northern red oak grows 50 to 75 feet tall and 35 to 45 feet wide at maturity. This pretty native tree is a favorite of wildlife and songbirds. The eastern redbud is a stunning flowering native North Carolina tree. It is one of the earliest spring bloomers with an explosion of small purple flowers. This tree grows up to 30 feet tall and wide at maturity. Flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida) are small native trees that grow 15 to 25 feet tall and wide at maturity. Their beautiful white, pink, or red blooms emerge in early spring. 

What Fruit Trees Grow in North Carolina?

The Meyer lemon tree can grow in the ground in the warmest parts of the state or as a patio plant in zones 5, 6, and 7. Apple trees, peach trees, cherry trees, and pear trees can grow throughout North Carolina. Fig trees and persimmon trees can grow in growing zones 7 and 8. The Chicago hardy fig tree can grow in zone 5 and 6 as well. These fruit trees all make excellent North Carolina trees.

When to Plant Trees in North Carolina?

Spring and fall are great seasons for planting North Carolina trees. For the warmer parts of North Carolina you can plant most trees just about anytime of year. Take care to offer plenty of water when planting in summer. The cooler parts of the state can plant almost anytime as long as the ground isn’t frozen. North Carolina trees that are sensitive to low temperatures should not be planted in winter. Trees that prefer cooler temperatures and get stressed by heat and drought should not be planted in summer.

When to Prune Trees in North Carolina?

Winter or early spring when trees are dormant (or resting as in the case of evergreen trees) is the best time to prune most North Carolina trees. However, spring blooming trees should be pruned once their bloom period has ended. Fall when temperatures are cool and trees are beginning to slow down their metabolic processes is also a good time for pruning North Carolina trees. Minor pruning can be done anytime of the year. Broken, dead, or diseased branches should be removed when you notice them regardless of the time of year.

Where Can I Buy Trees in North Carolina?

Buy trees for sale from our North Carolina nursery. PlantingTree is a family owned and operated online plant nursery located in Mooresville, North Carolina. We ship our premium plants and trees right to your doorstep. Buy North Carolina trees here. Scroll up to view our collection of North Carolina trees. Nursery not open to the public. 

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