Knowledge of a tree's site-related needs, as well as its ornamental characteristics, can be gained through publications, by visiting with a local nursery or arborist, or through your local Cooperative Extension office. Trees of Utah and the Intermountain West is a book that covers identification, cultural characteristics, and ornamental features of 219 tree species native and introduced to Utah. It is available in many bookstores, through Utah State University Press (www.usu.edu/ ~usupress/) and through other outlets such as Amazon.com. A walk through a neighborhood or park with mature trees and similar site conditions to yours can also be helpful. Remember, though, that site conditions, and particularly soil conditions, can vary greatly within a neighborhood or even within a residential lot. Also, some species tolerate a wide range of environmental conditions while others have very narrow, specific requirements.
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