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Buffalo Audubon Offers Fast-Growing Trees

By Joyce Kryszak

Java, NY – Thousands of trees across the region were stripped away by the ravages of the October storm. And that has left many homeowners sadly mourning their once shade-covered yards. But the Buffalo Audubon Society is selling some special trees that could bring back the shade a lot faster than anyone imagined possible.

Remember the magic beans from Jack and the Bean Stalk? Well, these trees aren't magic. And Jack won't exactly be scampering up them into the clouds overnight. But Root Production Method trees - or RPM trees as they are more commonly known, do grow pretty darn fast -up to three times faster than traditional tree seedlings.

That's according to Bill Hudson, the Executive Director of the Buffalo Audubon Society. Hudson said they are excited to be able to bring them to the public to help replace some of those cherished lost trees.

He said some varieties can become full shade tree size within as few as five years. They also are more hardy, with a survival rate of nearly 95%. And they bear nuts and fruits sooner too.

But the only magic, according to Hudson, is in how they are produced, with a larger root ball system.

There are 30 kinds of native trees and shrubs available, including several varieties of oaks, maples and nut trees. The cost is $45 each, with proceeds going toward local conservation efforts. The trees will be ready for pick-up in time for fall planting. You can order on line or by phone at the Buffalo Audubon Society. But hurry. The deadline for orders is September 10.

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