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The right tree

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by big valley, May 5, 2004.

  1. big valley

    big valley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    hello.... I need suggestions for planting a small tree of some kind in the front flower bed area 15 x 15 . The front faces the north, mostly shade, I'm in zone 7 Everbody on the block has a jap maple, looking for something unique. any help would be appreciated, I have considered a small Gem magnolia. thanks
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    how about a topiary?
  3. gscone

    gscone LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 81

    Topiary's are nice...how about a Weeping cherry tree or Japanese maple?

  4. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Maybe a weeping mulberry. Slow growing also.

  5. big valley

    big valley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    where I need to plant is about 6-7ft from the east wall and the same in the front window area, plus I dont want tree limbs at head level coming down the walk way. A jap maple or lace tree would probally be the best choice but , it seems everyone has one of those.
  6. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 218

    How about a Shadblow, Japanese Stewartia, or Redbud?

    Why is the tree being planted in the front of the bed, won't it block the view to the back? Could you put the tree more to the back and put some nice perennials and shrubs in front?

    Does this tree have to be below a window (What's the maximum height?).

    Good for you trying to be different!!!
  7. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    Fringe Tree, Paper bark cherry??
  8. robertyb

    robertyb LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Messages: 105

  9. big valley

    big valley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Thank you all for your suggestions
  10. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    how far from the house are you going to plant the tree..its important that any tree roots stay as far away as possible ..cherrys are a real bad tree to plant near a house ..as the roots can cause structual damage

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