want a tree to celebrate the birth of my son. Any suggestion?

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    Whenifly329 New Member

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    Hi, everyone, I'm quite new here.
    I need some ideas from you for a new tree to celebrate my son's birth. I plan to grow the tree in my southwest-facing front yard. I need it to be sun, disease and insects tolerant, without or with only white or yellow flowers, easy to care, and without fast-spreading roots. I do like flowering dogwood, but my neighbor already had one. Other options include saucer magnolia (white flowers), and Prunus serrulata. What else?
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Malus 'Adirondak'.
     
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    PYRUS SALICIFOLIA PENDULA is what I suggest. Unique to have the silver foliage and flowers. Might be a little difficult to find but I've seen them at art's nursery on 192st in surrey / langley.
     
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    One of the yellow flowered magnolias, such as Butterflies or Yellow Bird.
     
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    Japanese Maple Burgandy lace nice choice.What zone are you located?
     
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    Sorry, I forgot to tell you guys that I'm in Coquitlam, which is zone 5 I think. Thank you.
     
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    Yellow magnolia sounds a good choice. White one is too plain while pink one is too feminine, and both of them are almost everywhere.
     
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    Thanks. I will go and check if they still have them.
     
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    You greatly underestimate your gardening zone. According to the Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Plant Hardiness Zones of Canada map you are in the gardening zone 6b to 8, depending on your exact location.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    How much space is available?

    If there's plenty of space, I'd go for something tall, long-lived and strong, that will make a bold statement for centuries to come - perhaps a Giant Sequoia.

    And make sure that the tree is well signed / documented, so that any other future owner of the house won't just cut it down on a whim.
     
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    Thank you, Michael. I would like to have a masculine Giant Sequoia if only I had enough space. I can envision the great-great-grandchildren of my son going back to pay tribute to their ancestors used to live here! The front yard is about twice the size of a double-car garage.
     
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    Yellow magnolia sounds a good choice. White one is too plain while pink one is too feminine, and both of them are almost everywhere.
     
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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I noted a few Davidia trees in bloom on my way to work this morning. Something rather stately and masculine about those trees.
     
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    Dove trees are flowering heavily this year. 'Sonoma' cultivar not so likely to grow all the way across the entire lot - and beyond.
     
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    I went to Art Knapp in Port Coquitlam today to check if they have all the trees mentioned here. I did find tulip tree, and 'butterflies' yellow-flowered magnolia, but no Davidia, or PYRUS SALICIFOLIA PENDULA.
    Any of you know where can I find more options in Great Vancouver?
     

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