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big valley
05-05-2004, 12:36 AM
hello.... I need suggestions for planting a small tree of some kind in the front flower bed area 15 x 15 . The front faces the north, mostly shade, I'm in zone 7 Everbody on the block has a jap maple, looking for something unique. any help would be appreciated, I have considered a small Gem magnolia. thanks

Grassmechanic
05-05-2004, 07:41 AM
how about a topiary?

gscone
05-05-2004, 08:48 AM
Topiary's are nice...how about a Weeping cherry tree or Japanese maple?

GC

grasswhacker
05-05-2004, 08:51 AM
Maybe a weeping mulberry. Slow growing also.

GW

big valley
05-06-2004, 12:27 AM
where I need to plant is about 6-7ft from the east wall and the same in the front window area, plus I dont want tree limbs at head level coming down the walk way. A jap maple or lace tree would probally be the best choice but , it seems everyone has one of those.

jwholden
05-06-2004, 09:17 PM
How about a Shadblow, Japanese Stewartia, or Redbud?

Why is the tree being planted in the front of the bed, won't it block the view to the back? Could you put the tree more to the back and put some nice perennials and shrubs in front?

Does this tree have to be below a window (What's the maximum height?).

Good for you trying to be different!!!

bugspit
05-06-2004, 09:40 PM
Fringe Tree, Paper bark cherry??

robertyb
05-06-2004, 09:53 PM
Hmmm. sounds like everyone has a Japanese Bloodgood tree or a Crimson Queen lace type. Go to http://www.mountainmaples.com/WS4D_Cookie=5.6.04_18,50,20_1/trees.html
and take a look at all the different types that will work in your zone.

big valley
05-07-2004, 12:30 AM
Thank you all for your suggestions

Rollacosta
05-09-2004, 03:40 PM
how far from the house are you going to plant the tree..its important that any tree roots stay as far away as possible ..cherrys are a real bad tree to plant near a house ..as the roots can cause structual damage