I'm looking for suggestions for a relatively small tree I'd like to
plant through a deck I intend building at the top of my garden.
The site is north facing, with a reasonable amount of sun, and the soil
has been well cultivated over the years so it's in good condition.
I'm after a smallish tree with as much seasonal interest as possible
(flowers, autumn colour, interesting bark), but one that hasn't got
invasive roots because although it won't be near any buildings it will
be close to the boundary with a neighbour and they have a path that I
don't want to damage.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Cornus kousa. I just love how the flowers (bracts) stay on for 2 months, how
bright red edible fruit develops, and the leaves turn bronze in fall. Ingrid
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Zone 5 next to Lake Michigan
Yes, but there is only one (Sunset) zone that is comparable to anywhere
in the UK, and that is to a very small part of the UK. If Sunset had
extended its recommendations (and zones) for the coastal strip of
Canada and the USA from Vancouver to Anchorage, it would be more useful
However, the USA market for that is, er, a trifle limited :-)
My suggestion is Acer Palmatum Osakasuki.
It fulfils all your requirements and can be maintained to any height you
If this Acer is not to your liking then try some of the other Acers that are
If this is a deck you will be using in winter for any reason, a tree
that drops its leaves will make it extremely hazardous for you and your
family. But my suggestion would be a Eucalyptus that you can keep at
the height and size you want. They're evergreen and many have lovely
juvenile foliage and colour. http://www.eucalyptus.co.uk/index.htm
will help you find the right tree, if the idea interests you.
Myrtle might work for you but only you know the size you can happily
accommodate and whether it will be happy in your climate.
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