Need help to pick a tree, please...

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  1. that dee girl

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    I would like to have a small tree in a perennial bed on the north side of the house.
    I wouldn't want it to be more than 15' - 20' in height & should be fairly compact. Unfortunately it wouldn't get much sun at all, especially in the fall & winter. I am in zone 8b, on Gabriola. I have rocky, rocky, rocky soil which I have amended.

    Any recommendations are welcome, but I would like something with a bit of year round interest. Easy, right????
    Thanks!
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Japanese maple.
     
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    I should have said that japanese maple & dogwood were already on the short list. Thank you for your help Ron B!
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    For greater winter interest choose a kind with colorful twigs like a coralbark maple or a paperbark maple. This last grows twice the height you want but only about 1' or so per year unless more stimulated than usual. Possibly too interesting to pass up because after decades it may be (or may not be) 40' tall.
     
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    Can these two be pruned without ruining the shape? I have power lines above the area where I would like to plant it, which is why I have the need for a small scale tree.
     
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    Coralbark sometimes cut back deliberately to maintain dominance of red twigs. I am doing that myself. It has had quite an inhibiting effect on the specimen's upward progress. Paperbark is basically hands off once fairly well along - as are many choice ornamental trees, actually.
     

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