best trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was just wondering what trees are favorites for lighting.

    I am putting my lights in soon and will be adding some trees to my front yard. I will go with a live oak on one side, and need a small to medium tree to frame my house on the other.

    Mike
     
  2. Bill Davis

    Bill Davis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Japanese Maples are gorgeous! I typically use a large can lighter from nightscaping. You want a large wide beam for these trees since they are typically wide and not very tall.
     
  3. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, I like japanese maples a lot and had considered it. Funny, I was all ready to go with a paperbark maple, totally awesome small tree, but I read I am just one zone too south. Clemson U says the coastal zone is not ideal for the paperbark.

    So, I figured I would relocate a smaller crape myrtle to that spot in the front yard, and plant a weeping yaupon holly along the corner of my house. They should both look gool lit up.

    Mike
     
  4. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have you thought about putting a Coral Bark Maple in that spot. Mine looks great at night lit up with the red bark all over.
     
  5. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just looked up coral maple -- that looks awesome, too. That's what squidward has! But I see inconsistent climate zones. It seems like it falls short of zone 9. Too warm I guess.

    Mike
     
  6. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    That sucks because it is a beautiful tree all year round even in the winter when it is lit up at night.
     
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    personally i like the way a nice multi trunk tree lights up... a nice ligustrum (varigrated or JF). They stay green all year and can be trimmed in a wide variety of forms.
     

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