Recommend Tree?

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.
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Go to the public library and see if they have a copy of Dirr's book on landscape trees. There's no better resource , and he is more or less based in your neck of the woods.
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Buck Turgidson wrote:

Your city probably has rules about planting in the strip and a list of recommended trees. Ask them.
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Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington
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Depending on what is allowed. Consider double flowering fruit trees. They are sterile or no fruit. Crab apple for instance may be of interest.
Bill
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Full sun?
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David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
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Yes, pretty sunny for most of the day. I am in Fairfax, too.

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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 trees include:
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 deep yellow. Zelkova serrata 'Green Vase' or straight species.
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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. http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0015006.html
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George C. Scott played Buck Turgidson in the move.
Beware of what those commie pinkos might come up with. Plant only good sturdy patriotic Republican American trees.

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What movie? BT is my real name.
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