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tree for front yard garden


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L27-Apr-05 02:40 PM EST 5b   
Patricia 28-Apr-05 06:44 PM EST 5   
GardenGnome29-Apr-05 09:36 AM EST 6a   
Patricia30-Apr-05 01:53 PM EST 5   
Dan01-May-05 06:54 PM EST   
GardenGnome02-May-05 06:03 AM EST 6a   
18-May-05 11:17 AM EST   


Subject: tree for front yard garden
From: L
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Apr-05 02:40 PM EST

I need to replace my Japanese maple in my front garden. Every year one more branch dies off, and so out it goes. I would like a tree that has red leaves. Any suggestions? I would like a tree that won't get too tall since it is near the corner of my front porch.


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 28-Apr-05 06:44 PM EST

Dear L: have just returned from a visit to Vancouver, where there's a Japanese maple practically in every yard! They are just not meant to thrive in our zones, I guess. For a small-size tree with red foliage, how about a crab-apple or a plum?


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: GardenGnome
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Apr-05 09:36 AM EST

Purpleleaf sandcherry are nice and virtually indestructible. They have beautiful soft pink blossoms in the spring.

Cheers GardenGnome


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 30-Apr-05 01:53 PM EST

To GardenGnome: About purple-leaf sandcherry: have only ever seen them as knee-high shrubs... are they available as a small tree too?


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: Dan (dan.clost@sympatico.ca)
Zone:
Date: 01-May-05 06:54 PM EST

You could get a purple leaf sand cherry standard, which is quite handsome in the right spot. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana?) can be found as a three stem shrub; which can be pruned to one. If you enjoy pruning, maybe try a Black Beauty elderberry trained into a standard? ( we have a golden elderberry pruned up in that fashion in our backyard and it is a nice little thing.) The real suggestion is a nannyberry standard. Viburnum lentago has the usual viburnum flower and colour-changing berries but what sets it apart is its wonderful russety red fall colour. Unfortunately, they are not as common as I believe they should be but certainly worth the search effort.


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: GardenGnome
Zone: 6a
Date: 02-May-05 06:03 AM EST

Maybe my sandcherry is a standard, I don't know, but it's big enough as far as shrubs go that it can arguably be called a small tree. It's currently about 10'-12' high. If I allowed it to spread to the dimensions it wants to, it could easily fill a 10'x10' footprint. I'm letting it be a shrub now, i.e. I'm not pruning to one central leader, but if I did, it would definitely look like a tree.

Good luck! G


Subject: RE: tree for front yard garden
From: (graf@northnet.org)
Zone:
Date: 18-May-05 11:17 AM EST

a thundercloud plum will do fine into zone 4A. red leaves (no fall colour) and small white floweres in May. about 25 feet tall max.


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