Planting a Tree in small space

Discussion in 'Small Space Gardening' started by 911247666, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. 911247666

    911247666 Member

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    ontario, canada
    I have an area 2 feet by 3 feet in front of my house that I would like to plant a tree in. Is this a good idea , or am I better of planting shrubs. It's facing east so there's plenty of sun. The zone is in 5b, southern Richmond hill Ontario. There are a variety of dwarf trees at the near by Nursery. Are these trees a good idea

  2. kaspian

    kaspian Active Member 10 Years

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    Maine coast, USA, zone 5
    It's almost always a good idea to plant a tree, I think.

    You could choose a smallish tree -- the kind of thing that, in a natural forest setting, would be an understory species -- like a Japanese maple, a dogwood, or a purple smoke bush (genus Cotinus). Many of these have been bred into forms with beautiful leaf shapes and colors. Even in a tiny 2x3 space, you'd be able to have an underplanting of some kind -- maybe spring bulbs, or a lovely native ground cover.
  3. Newt

    Newt Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Maryland USA zone 7
    I'm thinking that the 2' by 3' measurement is the available soil area. If so, my question would be how tall and wide can this tree grow? Most tree roots will grow BEYOND the drip line of the mature canopy of the tree. If your available planting area is surrounded by hard surfaces such as sidewalk/driveway, your tree probably won't thrive. Take a look here for how tree roots grow.


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