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Non Messy Shade Tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by GravelyGuy, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Any suggestions for a medium sized shade tree that won't drop a ton of seeds? It needs to be somewhat wind resistant also. Thanks.
  2. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 516

    off the top of my head, acer x freemani (autumn blaze)

    freeman maples dont drop seed unless they are heavily stressed. They have blaze red/orangle fall color and are pretty beautiful
  3. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Paperbark maple / river birch dura heat
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  4. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Thank you for the suggestions.
  5. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,555

    river birch will cause a huge mess with its leaves.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Dogwood Trees aren't too bad, might want to consider it.

    You said shade tree, are you meaning an ornamental that will be planted in the shade, or a tree that provides shade?

    Regardless, any bigger tree providing shade will be messy regardless.

  7. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,742

    A need for a shade tree generally means that there is a desire to sit under it. Some of the trees above are not very conducive to sitting under for shade. There are other things to consider as well - insects, either flying around or dropping down, surface roots that can affect the seating area, compaction of roots caused by the sitting area, and hardscape considerations.

    Every site has some very specific situations that will affect your selection. Every client has their own specific issues that affect it equally. The time frame that you have to develop this shade and for what size area are very big consideration, too.
  8. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 2,517

    Good info, much appreciated.

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