Fagus sylvatica 'Dawycki Purple'

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kev-lawn, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. kev-lawn

    kev-lawn LawnSite Member
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    Hello, I am wondering if someone experienced with a Fagus sylvatica 'Dawycki Purple' could help me out? I want to plant one in a bed along an eastern facing wall of a building. The bed is 7' deep(from the wall to sidewalk). Would this tree's root system have enough room? Also, would the roots ever cause damage to building's foundation or to sidewalk? One more thing, how tempermental are these particular trees?
    I appreciate any info you can give me!
    thanks. :)
     
  2. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    They have shallow, but wide root systems. They also prefer moist, well-drained, acidic soil but not excessively wet soil. European beeches also look gorgeous in the fall. Slow growth to about 60 feet tall. They will eventually cause damage to foundations and sidewalks. You may want to put a bit of PVC in the hole and fill it with gravel then water into the pipe so the roots will chase the water instead of going for the surface sprinkler water. Commercial root barriers are also available.
     
  3. kev-lawn

    kev-lawn LawnSite Member
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    thanks for your info Garth.
    What other trees could you recomend to fill this space, that won't eventually cause any damage? Preferably a tree that gets around 20-25' tall and stays relatively narrow(6-12' spread).
    any info would be great!
     
  4. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    What zone are you in? And what's you rainfall average? Do you want evergreen or something with alot of colour?
     
  5. kev-lawn

    kev-lawn LawnSite Member
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    zone 5/6 (metro detroit area
    would prefer deciduous with nice fall color, but am considering everything.
    there is also an irrigation system, so rain can be made. Thanks!
     
  6. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
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    I personally don't care what those trees do in their own closet, but I just don't agree that they should be allowed to marry.
     
  7. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cornus kousa- Chinese dogwood, 20' tall 18' wide but can be trimmed for more compact growth
    Lagerstroemia indica- Crape myrtle, 25' tall 15' wide, does very well in hot, humid areas.
    Acer palmatum- Japanese maple, 15-20' tall. Bloodgood, Verdis and several other cultivars are among the most highly sought after landscape trees because of the colourful leaves they produce.
     
  8. kev-lawn

    kev-lawn LawnSite Member
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    thanks for the help garth!
     
  9. kev-lawn

    kev-lawn LawnSite Member
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    Still not quite what I am looking for. Was wondering if there are any more suggestions for some narrow, upright trees.(i guess weeping would be o.k. too) would like the tree to be somewhere between 15' and 25' max. height.
    thanks again for any help. I have been looking on line also, but I can't seem to find the right tree.
     
  10. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
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    Betula pendulas are within your parameters, also check out Gleditsia, and Cupaniopsis. Stay away from Salix. The roots chase water and will run like fury through anything to get it.
     

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