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need help with a medium tree/shrub!florida guys help!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Florida Gardener, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. i need a good looking small tree or medium shrub that will be medium to low maintenance and pruning...i was thinking a gardenia but would like some more options...TIA
  2. djchiodo3

    djchiodo3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    Can you give more details on where the tree/shrub will be planted. Is there a lot of shade/sun? Front/back/side of house? What is your goal on height?
  3. thanks dj, pretty much full sun, back of house close to a wall. I don't want anything that will go higher than 12-15 feet or so.....there is a hedge there right now and the owners are gone for 1/2 the year and want something with less maintenance.
  4. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    You might want to think about a Podocarpus shrub (they turn into beautiful small trees - I know I have one in my front yard) or a Ligustrium shrub (they also make beautiful small trees - my parents have one about 4 feet away from their house).
  5. I.M. Green

    I.M. Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    me personally I always go with bottle brush trees, they are low maintenance and bloom a few times a year and are not as popular as others...
  6. how tall will the ligustrum get?
  7. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    Here's a link to a site that will give you some info:

    The Ligustrium (when grown to be a small tree) does look a lot like an actual tree. There's a picture on that site.
  8. djchiodo3

    djchiodo3 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    Two great recommendations. The lig. will grow faster and require more maintenance. The lig. will grow as tall as you want it. Once you start shaping it, it will take what ever shape you want. I have some 2oft and some 8ft both are cut round. I have used cutless(growth regulator) to keep growth to a minimum. The podocarpus is a slow growing shrub/tree. Can be trimmed very tight. The needle leaf podocarpus is easily shaped.
  9. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    Definitely agree, but if you grow it as a tree and you aren't worried about the height, you'll just need to trim from the bottom of the plant & trim branches that are hanging down.
  10. what do you guys think about using gardenia?

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