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Regal Prince Oak Trees, a great tree for limited space


The Regal Prince Oak is a cross between a Swamp White Oak and the Columnar English Oak, and can grow up to 50 to 60 feet tall and a width anywhere from 15 to 20 feet. It has a stronger as well as fuller branching structure than other trees in the same category. The two-toned green leaves create a beautiful contrast. These leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall.

The Regal Prince is resistant to mildew, and is most used for the excellent columnar form. This tree often planted in rows to provide wind breaking, screening to block unsightly views, or just to provide a formal look to the landscape. The dense foliage can help muffle traffic sounds.

This tree is perfect for narrow or confined spaces. When planted alone, or in rows, these trees have perfect vertical design.
For more advice on what tree to plant and where, consult the professionals at Arbor Hills Trees today.


Twig Dieback in Maples, River Birch and Red Bud Trees


When twig dieback strikes the tips of branches and new growth, the normally pleasant looking maple, river birch or red bud trees takes on an appearance of a tree on the verge of death. Twig dieback can be caused by exposure to drying winter winds paired with poor watering. While there’s no cure for dieback wilt, you can take steps to prevent twig dieback by providing an ideal environment for growing, making your trees less susceptible to disease.

Ensure your maple, river birch or red bud tree is planted in a partial sun area with afternoon shade, where airflow around the tree is not blocked by buildings or solid fences. The soil around this area should also be well-draining to prevent verticillium wilt.

Water your tree regularly by providing a deep drink twice a week. Different varieties of maple will prefer to stay dry between watering – while other trees like the river birch thrive in medium moisture. Please do your research as to how much water your specific tree needs. Never add water if the soil is already damp to the touch as this can encourage wilt. Keep 2 inches deep of pine needle mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture, especially in winter.

And lastly, prune away dead growth, root suckers or rubbing branches in fall to maintain air circulation through the plant. Prune back branches that grow in the center of the tree if light isn’t filtering through the canopy of the tree to allow for maximum airflow and sun penetration.

Thinking Ahead – Anticipatory Tree Planting Information



In a recent article in the Daily Nebraskan, Eric Berg of the Nebraska Forest Service noted, “Nebraska has seen significant tree loss over the last few years. Emerald ash borer (EAB) and other pests, diseases and severe weather will result in even more dramatic loss in coming years.”

Berg recommends what he calls “anticipatory planting” – Meaning, planting a tree years, or decades ahead of the removal of a declining tree due to aging or disease proneness.

Homeowners often plant trees to fill a vacant space or for landscaping a new construction home or building. However, if you have a property with several mature trees, the anticipatory planting method may be something you want to consider.  Berg suggests planting a new tree near one that is anticipated to eventually decline.

There are numerous considerations to make when doing this.  Root space is one factor. Sunlight is another. Your replacement tree must tolerate low levels of light if planted too close to the existing trees canopy. Most species of trees require six hours of direct sunlight in the growing season, but some trees can do less, like certain species of Maples.

The Nebraska Forest Service suggests that the best placement for the new tree is at the current tree’s canopy edge to the east, south or west. A northward planting is likely to cause too much shade for the growing replacement tree.

A resource for successful tree planting can be found from ReTree Nebraska or you can put your planting specifics in the hands of a professional such as Arbor Hills Trees and Arbor Hills Landscaping. We’re happy to guide you through the process, help you devise a planting strategy, and implement your planting needs.  Call us for a quote today at 402.895.3635

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