OK - I'm southern NH, but have to treat this area of the yard as warmish
Zone 4 - the wind really creates a very cold microclimate on that side of
the yard, especially around the proposed site - aka the top of the hill.
Needs to be drought tolerant once established, able to take wind and lots
sun. And give me some winter interest and some shade for the bench. Spread -
about 8-10 feet, height maxing at 20 foot. Don't mind pruning but would
object to anything that suckers.
I donΉt want an evergreen - in the long view (up the hill) it is backed by
pines, oaks and maples and I think would get lost. Great bark or fruit that
would attract birds....
Go to town folks... I want to make this happen next spring and will be
putting my pennies aside to save for it.
Your ground is not frozen, you can plant now... now is a good time to
check local nurseries for bargains.
Hawthorn is a tree for all seasons, beautiful aromatic flowers in
spring/summer, dense green summer foliage, a prolific producer of
edible bright red fruits, gorgeous long lasting deep crimson fall
foliage, and interesting winter form/bark. Hawthorn is a tough tree,
touts many medicinal uses, and a favorite of song birds. There are
hundreds of varieties of Hawthorn, they make lovely specimen trees,
singularly and in groups.
I have a Washington Hawthorn:
Loaded with fruit... taken through my window a few minutes ago:
On 11/14/10 10:36 AM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
"Brooklyn1" <Gravesend1> wrote:
Truly drool worthy and also on my short list. Thanks Sheldon
All other thing being equal, I'd have planted a tree this fall. Just
couldn't make it work for many (personal ) reasons.
But, I have filled the hole where the old pine was with leaves and manure
and shredded paper and will top it up when I can over the winter with more.
So I have a good spot in the spring.
I would have recommended a serviceberry, but you might need to clip
some suckers down near the roots once a year. Otherwise, very little
A cloud of white in the spring, berries to attract a fairly high class
assortment of birds in June, good autmn color. Some winter interest,
especially if, like my specimen, you get a nice mottling of lichens on
Pat in Plymouth MI
"Vegetables are like bombs packed tight with all kinds of important
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