Need Ideas For Small Trees

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by ZEKE, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. ZEKE

    ZEKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Looking for suggestions on small trees (1 or 2) for a front yard. The customer mentioned evergreens and he would like to have something that only grows to around 7 feet tall (if that's possible). They would be going into a 25'x10' flowerbed area.
  2. bcx400

    bcx400 LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 77

    7' tall sounds like shrubs to me. The mature height of small trees such as Paper Bark Maple or Japanese Tree Lilac will far exceed 7.'

    You mentioned evergreens- how about Japanese Holly 'Steeds' (upright evergreen). Lots of Chamaycyparis varieties that would work. Also dwarf conifers eg. Japanese Black Pine 'Thunderhead' or dwarf cultivars of Oriental or Serbian Spruce.
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Is is for a speciam shrub???? Alot of nice Blue spruce cultivars (Fat Albert, Montgomery Blue)
  4. OP

    ZEKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    The best thing I've seen so far at a nursery is a Dwarf Alberta Spruce..which tag says will grow to 6-8 feet. Thuja Emerald Green Arborvitae is another I've seen, but am not too impressed by the look and it seems to be more of a multiple or hedge type tree.
  5. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    I've planted Emerald Greens that were much taller than 7', so forget those!:D

    Alberta Spruces (around here anyway) tend to get infested with spider mites, take that into consideration.

    7' height restriction means no trees, BTW. Even Pieris japonica 'Mountain Fire' (according to Dirr) gets 12' tall by 6-8' wide (I just looked it up yesterday). I'd try to convince the client to go with either a dwarf variety of a tree, or a specimen shrub. Forget the height restriction. You won't find anything that will suit both that and what the customer is looking for in aesthetics.

  6. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    maybe a pyrimidal boxwood? It won't get over 7'. Blue atlas Cedar may be trimmed not to exceed 7'. There is another cedar type plant that is really impressive in the winter months, but i can't think of it's name. Maybe some of you can identify it for me. It is a brilliant golden color in the winter, mostly pyrimidal with a 5-6 ft diameter base.
  7. OP

    ZEKE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Once I started looking at trees I quickly realized what you mentioned...either dwarf or some sort of bush. I actually did look at a boxwood as an option. I also saw some sort of yellow cedar, maybe what you mentioned. Nothing is set in stone, he said what he was thinking was a small evergreen, but I'm sure common sense will prevail here and we will settle on something else. I've been checking with local nursery's of course and am trying to be well informed before we make a decision. Thanks for the help!

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