I don't know much about zoning (or trees) but I looked up my area and
it is a zone 9 or 10 in socal. I was hoping to plant a fruitless
mulberry tree because of the fast growing and massive shade it can
create, but I don't think it will make it in this zone. I love this
tree because my grand parents had one, and I have great memories
playing under it, noty too mention trying to climb it. LOL.
Do you think this tree can make it here, or shall I look at other
kinds? What other trees should I look for that are fast growing and
create great shade?
They do well here. If you don't have a copy of Sunset Gardens
"Western Gardens" book, run, don't walk, to the nearest store and get
one. Or look in the library, they should have a copy. Lots of
information about trees and other things. Consider where you are
going to plant it, how disruptive the roots will be, that sort of
Ficus microcarpa makes good shade, it also breaks up sidewalks and
driveways. Pepper trees are nice if you have the room, they get messy
and kill other plants near them. I just got an Albizia julibrissin,
because I like them. I'm in So Cal, zone 9.
Two trees that I really like and provide both color and shade are:
Hong Kong Orchid -- (Bauhinia blakeana)
Another good semi-tropical shade tree is a Mahogany.
For the HK Orchid, make sure you get the Bauhinia blakeana, which is a
sterile hybrid and has no seed pods. Other varieties of Bauhinia have
similar blossoms but leave a lot of seed pod litter.
The Royal Poinciana needs a lot of space because it becomes a big tree.
In our present house we have a poinciana along the lake seawall, and have
planted orchids in the crotches of the tree -- including a Vanda terrete
that has grown to be almost 10' tall. We also have two HK Orchids, which we
keep pruned to a nice umbrella shape and which are suitable for a smaller
yard. Regards --
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