Leaves You Don’t Need to Rake Up

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Betula pendula ‘Filigree Lace’ produces leaves so fine there’s really nothing worth raking up in the fall. Source: Jean-Pol Grandmont, Wikimedia Commons

Not all deciduous trees have leaves that you have to rake off the lawn in the fall! Some trees have leaves so small or so fine so that they melt into the lawns or flower beds they fall on, leaving nothing worth raking up.

This is the case, among others, of honey locust (Gleditsia spp.), black locust (Robinia spp.), cut leaf birches (Betula pendula ‘Filigree Lace’ and others), fern-leaf buckthorn (Frangula alnus ‘Asplenifolia’ , formerly Rhamnus frangula ‘Asplenifolia’ ) and cut leaf alders (Alnus glutinosa ‘Imperialis’ and others). So if you hate raking up fall leaves, those trees are ones you’ll really love!

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