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Old 02-01-2021, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I've tried searching this forum but that's been pretty unsuccessful with the multitude of returns.
Does anyone know of an app or website where I can input my criteria for a plant/tree and it will return appropriate results? For instance, I need something for an area that is about 5.5' wide, light shade, zone 7b, I have deer, maybe drought resistant, columnar, etc.... where I could input those specifics and it would return the possibilities to me? Sort of how you can input ingredients that you have on hand at allrecipes and they'll return recipes you can make with what you have.

I've been doing some reading on Planta (because I do have a lot of houseplants also) but not sure if it can do that or if it even covers outdoor plants.

I did see a website someone mentioned on a thread a while back that was pretty close but no cigar but I can't even locate that right now.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 02-01-2021, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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This is one that I have used.

https://www.gardenia.net/plant-finder

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Old 02-02-2021, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Thank you! That is the link that I believe you posted once and I could not find again. It is basically what I am looking for. It would be great if I could get returns for "deer resistant" also but that's probably asking too much. And it is a great site! Thanks!


I have a ? that maybe you can answer... it does not let me choose 7 'b' in my zones selection. Just 7 (and I'm just about at the cusp of 7b+ 8a). So, it is returning some trees to me that I know it's a bit too hot here to grow well (many have tried)... is there a way to correct that or something I'm missing? Thanks!

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Old 02-02-2021, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Thank you! That is the link that I believe you posted once and I could not find again. It is basically what I am looking for. It would be great if I could get returns for "deer resistant" also but that's probably asking too much. And it is a great site! Thanks!


I have a ? that maybe you can answer... it does not let me choose 7 'b' in my zones selection. Just 7 (and I'm just about at the cusp of 7b+ 8a). So, it is returning some trees to me that I know it's a bit too hot here to grow well (many have tried)... is there a way to correct that or something I'm missing? Thanks!
Sunset Garden Book has its own scheme for designating zones.

the USDA zones were originally targeted toward farmers growing annual crops, and are based solely on winter temps.

As you are saying, for gardeners, it's a lot more complicated than that. Besides how much cold a plant can take, we also want to know how hot it gets and for how long, we want to know about wind, we want to know about south-facing vs north-facing, we want to know about rain and snow. the Sunset scheme takes those factors into account.

https://www.sunset.com/garden/climat...s-intro-us-map
https://garden.org/learn/articles/view/44/

the Sunset Garden Book is a compendium of just about all the plants grown in the US, including native plants. It contains quite a few charts and lists of what grows well where, and which plants are useful for what purposes.

I once lived in a place where I was having a hard time deciding which zone I was in. I reverse engineered - I identified the most common wild trees and shrubs on the five acres I was living on, looked them up in the Sunset Garden Book, and determined which Sunset zone they all had in common. Because 3 miles up the road, and three miles down, the trees and shrubs were different.

the Sunset Garden Book is updated every five years or so. Costs around $30. If you garden anywhere in the US, don't be without it. It's not the only reference you need - but you do need it.

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Old 02-05-2021, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Sunset Garden Book has its own scheme for designating zones.

the USDA zones were originally targeted toward farmers growing annual crops, and are based solely on winter temps.

As you are saying, for gardeners, it's a lot more complicated than that. Besides how much cold a plant can take, we also want to know how hot it gets and for how long, we want to know about wind, we want to know about south-facing vs north-facing, we want to know about rain and snow. the Sunset scheme takes those factors into account.

https://www.sunset.com/garden/climat...s-intro-us-map
https://garden.org/learn/articles/view/44/

the Sunset Garden Book is a compendium of just about all the plants grown in the US, including native plants. It contains quite a few charts and lists of what grows well where, and which plants are useful for what purposes.

I once lived in a place where I was having a hard time deciding which zone I was in. I reverse engineered - I identified the most common wild trees and shrubs on the five acres I was living on, looked them up in the Sunset Garden Book, and determined which Sunset zone they all had in common. Because 3 miles up the road, and three miles down, the trees and shrubs were different.

the Sunset Garden Book is updated every five years or so. Costs around $30. If you garden anywhere in the US, don't be without it. It's not the only reference you need - but you do need it.

Thank you for the information. I do know what zone I'm in tho.. But the website I was on wasn't allowing me to be more selective in entering my zone so it was returning results that didn't really fit.

I do have a lot of books (not that one tho) but was looking for an interactive thing where I could punch in my criteria and get the appropriate results rather than scanning hundreds or more of the books and websites searching for the trees that will work in the spot I'm trying to fill. But thank you, it does sound like a good reference.
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Old Yesterday, 07:02 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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I believe my favorite online nursery has a good filter that will let you screen for the features you are looking for, like size and deer resistance, etc. I have gotten many plants from them, and they’re super healthy.

https://www.wilsonbrosgardens.com/trees.html
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Old Today, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I believe my favorite online nursery has a good filter that will let you screen for the features you are looking for, like size and deer resistance, etc. I have gotten many plants from them, and they’re super healthy.

https://www.wilsonbrosgardens.com/trees.html

Thank you.. that is a nice program. I just briefly checked it out thus far but I didn't see where I could choose deer resistant...but it does have a lot of other nice filters... thanks!
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Old Today, 09:08 AM
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Location: Coastal Georgia
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Thank you.. that is a nice program. I just briefly checked it out thus far but I didn't see where I could choose deer resistant...but it does have a lot of other nice filters... thanks!
They this....
https://www.wilsonbrosgardens.com/de...and-trees.html
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Old Today, 07:24 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Have you checked with your local county extension agent? They should have plenty of information.
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