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The Favorite Trees of an Asheville Arborist

From the very start, Joe Brady knew he wanted to be an Asheville arborist – before he even knew there was a word for it! Joe’s love of trees began as a very young kid. As he would hike the Appalachian Trail with his brother and father, his father would tell him all about the different kinds of trees they passed. Little Joe was hooked!

Joe’s dad held a degree in environmental science. He’d had many jobs and experiences related to caring for trees. Back then, most kids Joe’s age probably didn’t even know that trees needed any help. Once he knew better, he was fascinated by the idea.

Imagine: We humans, giving a helping hand to trees that could be hundreds of years old! Wow!

Since then, Joe has done everything he can to learn more about trees, with an everyday focus on the trees in the Asheville area. Joe knows our state’s native and transplanted trees like the back of his hand, and he imparts that knowledge to everybody who works with us here at Earthworks. He is the Asheville arborist you can trust to help you make the right choices for your trees.

Joe loves sharing everything he knows with customers, too!

The Favorite Trees of an Asheville Arborist: A Short List

There are hundreds of different tree species native to North Carolina, but only a few dozens of those make up the most common trees you’ll see around most homes and businesses. If you narrow your view down to the territory of an Asheville arborist, then you’re talking about a much more manageable list.

There’s no such thing as a “bad tree,” and Joe’s job as an Asheville arborist is to be ready for anything.

But here are just a few of Joe’s favorite North Carolina trees to work with:

Loblolly Pine

The Loblolly Pine has a range of about 15 states throughout the southeastern part of the United States. It is an evergreen tree and one of the two most common trees in the whole country! Although you can see it in many places, its gray, scaly bark and dark green needles make it a distinctive addition to your local ecosystem.

Red Maple

The Red Maple is the #1 most common tree in the United States, but that doesn’t detract from its charm or its beauty. It’s one of the most striking trees to look at, especially in the spring, and is more adaptable than nearly any other tree. It grows easily and often tops 100 feet in length all up and down the East Coast.

Yellow Poplar

The Yellow Poplar is also called the “tulip tree” because of the distinctive shape of its bright yellow leaves. It is the tallest of the Eastern hardwoods, enabling it to shoot up to a height of more than 160 feet. These trees are gorgeous, but they face challenges with pests and disease that require special care and attention.


Sweetgum burrs are thorny fruits that are dropped by the sweetgum tree. They can be hazardous to kids and pets, but the right help from an Asheville arborist will reduce the number of burrs per season without harming the tree itself. Sweetgum trees are worth it thanks to their dazzling fall foliage!

Contact us for advice from a trusted Asheville arborist.

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