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  •  I'm in the north (4+ / 0-)

    so I have to ask what a lollipop tree is? I imagine it's about the shape but I'm curious about the species.

    music- the universal language

    by daveygodigaditch on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 07:50:48 PM PST

    •  Don't know in Georgia (3+ / 0-)

      but in Texas it was the ubiquitous Bradford Pear. One or two of them are decorative but a whole suburb full is monotonous.

      "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

      by northsylvania on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 04:02:38 AM PST

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      •  "A lovely pear" (2+ / 0-)
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        daveygodigaditch, northsylvania

        (Pink Floyd pun. . . can't help it.)

        Those pears were so gorgeous the first time I saw them in profusion in a rocky soiled temperate area that I photographed them constantly. Then I noticed that they were appearing in buckets in parking lots. Then I noticed that they were appearing in every lawn.

        They're polite citizens, like the hybrid cherries, and keep their roots to themselves. This is good for buckets and parking lots. It's not really ideal for stopping erosion.

        People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

        by The Geogre on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:38:37 AM PST

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    •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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      Any tree guaranteed to look perfect for four to five years (i.e. the life of the house in the suburban flipping market).

      To be fair, pears and apples are extremely common choices, and they're lovely trees. They're soft, and they grow to Mitt Romney's "right height," and they bloom and turn colors. They have none of the charm of a big, spreading tree whose limbs are individual, nor do they stand as memory, the way the old grandfathers do.

      Most importantly, their root systems are all getting established at the same time, so a parcel of land goes from "many roots holding the soil" to "no roots" all at once, and these trees politely root down more than out (so as to not bother slab houses or basements or sewage lines).

      People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

      by The Geogre on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:35:51 AM PST

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