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Old 02-28-2018, 09:03 AM   #1
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Which native trees could I plant now, that in 20-25 years will be tall enough and have strong enough lateral branches to hang swings?

We had some old mulberry trees that were perfect for swings but no longer work due to age, splitting, decay, etc., and I miss those swings!

Spouse built several beautiful, sturdy wooden swings appreciated by our kids (and me) and by the neighbors' kids/grands and as I look around I can't find any really good, sturdy branches to use so I'm planning ahead!
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Old 03-04-2018, 09:22 PM   #2
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I am not sure about the time frame, but I think of oaks as developing strong, lateral branches.

What ever you plant, I'm thinking that you can prune them and train them with your future swing in mind.
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I think another possibility is the American Basswood (Tillia americana). We planted a 4ft high sapling 5 years ago, and today it's over 30ft high. The trunk is about 5 - 6 inches in diameter.

A nice secondary benefit for basswood is the sweet smelling flowers that bloom in June.

The key to getting lower lateral branches is to plant the tree in a spot where the lower portion of the tree will get a lot of sun.


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I think another possibility is the American Basswood (Tillia americana). We planted a 4ft high sapling 5 years ago, and today it's over 30ft high. The trunk is about 5 - 6 inches in diameter.

A nice secondary benefit for basswood is the sweet smelling flowers that bloom in June.

The key to getting lower lateral branches is to plant the tree in a spot where the lower portion of the tree will get a lot of sun.


https://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/he...s/tilame01.htm

Good point about the sun.

I hope you are right about the speed of the growth, because I put in an American basswood a few years ago...and I would be thrilled to see it take off in the next 5 years.
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Excellent! I was leaning toward sycamore or maple, but basswood is definitely going on the list, and I have three spots that should get fairly good exposure, too. . .
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Sycamore or maple sound like good options, too.

I think having the lower limbs reaching for sunlight would help with the lateral branches, too.

I think some judicious pruning could help you train the kind of branch you are striving for.
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