Small ornamental tree for shady area.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Kylec3, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Kylec3

    Kylec3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    Ok, so this picture is horrible..but hopefully you get the idea. Customer wants a small ornamental tree put in the corner of the house. Right now its overgrown with vinca vine and she wants that removed along with the stepping stones that used to be through there and a new bed made with a small ornamental tree planted and black mulch. Any ideas for what to put in there? Im thinking japanese red maple but will that handle the shade? its probably shaded 2/3rds of the day. It going to be located in the inward 'L" corner of the house with is blocked on the back two sides and then some big oaks on the left side. do you guys have any ideas or suggestions on what we could put in there? Want to give her a couple options to choose from.

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  2. UKHortCat

    UKHortCat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm a big Patio Peach guy. Beautiful spring color and nice fall/winter look.
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  3. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    Japanese maple do well in shade too
  4. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,182

    Japanese maples are understory trees- they love the shade. Dogwood or Katsura would be nice options too.
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  5. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409


    understory tree loves shade
    bright white blooms before anything else
    kids can't climb it
    berries for birds and jam in june
    translucent yellow to orange in the fall

    one of my favorites
    oh and its native and hardy as hell

  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If the 1/3 full sun is in the heat of the day, some of those choices may be stressed... morning sun is perfect for many things, while hot afternoon sun can be a constant problem... Just something to keep in mind when you place a "shade" tree... :)
  7. Kylec3

    Kylec3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    thanks for the responses guys...i kind of like the serviceberry they grow fast or no? i dont want something that is going to grow big or fast...also..what do you guys think about the eastern redbud.....considering weeping varieties also
  8. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    if you are thinking redbud, checkout forest is the one with black foliage, and a better understory tree than the green leaf. The thing with the jap maple is the may have to buy a wittle bitty plant unless they are willing to spend some money and buy a larger plant....and that may be difficult to find depending on your local supply.
  9. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,681

    tree form hydrangea.

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