Some trees do better than others in Oklahoma

Friday, January 11th 2008, 5:49 pm
By: News 9

By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9

Now that many trees are down following December's winter storm, it's time to plant new ones. You may want to plant trees that do well in Oklahoma's climate and can withstand ice accumulations.

A large Eastern Red Cedar, in Jennifer Eve's yard didn't do so well in the ice. Every other tree in Eve's yard survived without any damage, but that may be because of a PVC pipe.

"It's about an inch-and-a-half in diameter. And it became a weapon of warfare for about three  days when we had that ice storm," Eve said.

Jennifer Eve used it to knock the ice off of the branches the first, second and third day after the storm.

Local gardening experts recommend planting Chinese Pistache, Ball Cypress and Lacebark Elm trees in Oklahoma.

The Chinese Pistache and Ball Cypress have small leaves; they're aggressive good growers. They also grow in all four corners of the state.

Bradford Pear trees are very popular in Oklahoma because they're beautiful throughout the year, but they easily split. Probably not the best choice if you're planting a new tree.