Here in the Mid-Atlantic, between the sidwalk and street in front of our
suburban sub-division house we have a a 4' wide strip of grass. I'd
like to plant maybe 3 trees on the strip. I am looking for some
recommendations for trees that will grow to a medium size, something
perhaps a bit smaller than a Bradford Pear. I'd also prefer something
that doesn't drop fruit.
I appreciate any recommendations.
You have a wide variety from which to choose, I think, bearing in mind the
somewhat restrictive space in which it's growing. This precludes such trees
as Yoshino Cherry or Crabapples (which grow low branches perfect for
headbanging as people try to use the sidewalk). Some tough medium sized
Gingko biloba 'Princeton Sentry'-pollution tolerant, incredibly tough,
reliable blazing yellow fall color.
Ulmus americana 'Valley Forge' (ultimately this tree will become very large
and arch out over the street, not necessarily a bad thing)
Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (select tree forms and use water bags or
irrigate regularly until they are established)
Cotinus obovatus, American Smoketree (tough, drought tolerant tree,
spectacular fall color)
Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple-- Younger trees have an apple green and
buff colored bark that that later silvers before darkening. The bark on
older trees is dark grey, brown, or even black and often there are fissures
and cracks revealing bright orange underbark. Some squarish flakes often
peel off for a mottled, rugged appearance. The apple green and buff colored
twigs and shoots are very pleasing in their fine, ramified appearance
silhouetted in winter, and produce amazing masses of leaves in the growing
seasons. The trunk is strong and rugged, and the root structure is very
pleasant too, with flattening and spread at the soil surface-becoming so
broad sometimes it appears to spread the trunkline right across the soil.
Fall color on the straightish, clean-cut leaf varieties is very, very good.
Mine blush slightly light red before going to a deeper coral red and/or
Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' or straight species.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
Check into Mountain Ash. It is colorful and dosen't seem to drop any of the
red berries it grows. I believe it might do well in your area.
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