I need a tree recommendation... please

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawn-Scapes, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would like to put a tree in front of my house and need help picking out the perfect one. Maximum canopy spread of 12' and I'd like the lowest limbs to be no lower than 6'.

    Am I asking for too much?
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah, you're limiting yourself a bit, but one tree that I can think of off the top of my head is a flowering crabapple, "Red Baron". Grows nice and tight, has deep pink, almost red flowers, and you'll be able to trim up the lower branches as it grows without affecting it's shape.

    Mike
     
  3. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey Mike.. Thanks for the suggestion. Does it bare fruit? I'd rather not deal with picking up after it. :(
     
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes, they bear fruit. Fruit is very small (about size of a nickel), hangs on for along time. The birds usually eat it before it falls. I don't recall seeing any fruit laying on the ground underneath any that I've seen. Relatively clean tree for a flowering crabapple.

    Mike
     
  5. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Crepe Myrtle, there are a few kinds that don't get too large.
     
  6. lugnut#6

    lugnut#6 LawnSite Senior Member
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    god i luv dem crype mertels...but he is in maryland,will the live up there?
    how about a japanese cherrie tree?
    or maybe cherry laurel?
    bradford pear?
    ummm......
     
  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    The perfect 'front 'yard' speciman tree....Year round interest, disease/insect resistant..........make sure it grows in your zone....... Paperbark Maple, Acer griseum.
     
  8. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    How about a nice red jap. maple, dogwood, some type of cherry, crepe myrtle, loquat, cherry-laurel, redbud, Goldenchain tree, saucer magnolia, star magnolia, purple leaf plum are just a few choices.
     
  9. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    While those are all nice trees, they will, unfortunately, exceed his size requirements at maturity.

    Mike
     
  10. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
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    According to Dirr....Paperbark is 20-30' tall, spread 1/2 that of height....smaller under cultivation.;) :p
     

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