dwarf tree full sun

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by cleancutsolutions, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. cleancutsolutions

    cleancutsolutions LawnSite Member
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    What is a good dwarf/ornamental/specimen tree to be planted in landscape bed next to building that can handle full sun? We are in zone 8 and will be installing irrigation system.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    I gave up on looking for a ornamental tree that will take full sun and will only plant crepe myrtles now unless the owner waves the guarantee.
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  3. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    try a nice Japanese maple, a bloodgood should be on the lower end of the prices and will get around 20'-25' tall
     
  4. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Both suggestions are solid; a crape myrtle will be more reliable, the Jap. maple will probably be showier...
     
  5. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Upload a picture and I'll design it for you on my design software
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  6. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Japanese Maples...
    Crimson Queen, Ever red, Garnet, Inaba shidare, XRed Dragon, Tamukeyama, Xvirdis, are all shorter than bloodgood and equally as beautiful.

    What height and spread are you looking for?

    Against a building could also use a wide variety of evergreen trees.

    A photo of its location would certainly help.
     
  7. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    Which software do you use? I'm thinking of upgrading my pro landscapes version 12....
     
  8. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
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    You do NOT want to use a Japanese maple. We have a hard enough time growing them in zone -6 in the shade. They must be protected from the hot wind even in the shade. Crapemyrtle would be good, or eastern/oklahoma redbud.
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  9. cleancutsolutions

    cleancutsolutions LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for all the replies. This is a great thread.
     
  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with a pine tree, topiary shaped into a bonsai form. As in the following photos. You can't go wrong with that. They can handle plenty of heat!

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