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Quick tree decision needed!

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Santastealer Mon 15-Feb-21 17:43:42

We have been offered a tree as part of a community scheme and need to choose from the list below. I’ve looked online but even the pictures of the same species look so different!

Our requirements are;
Some greenage to hide next doors fence
Not too rapidly growing but could be kept at around 6ft with pruning
Prettier the better.
Easy maintenance

Options are;

Crab apple
Silver birch
Goat willow

Anyone got any advice please?

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Punching Mon 15-Feb-21 18:23:42

The willow.

JayAlfredPrufrock Mon 15-Feb-21 18:24:40


imonyourway Mon 15-Feb-21 18:28:28

Crab apple, so you can make jelly

Santastealer Mon 15-Feb-21 18:31:38

3 different answers.... hmm... does crab apple look pretty?

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Manzana Mon 15-Feb-21 18:38:11

if you want small, I'd go for crab apple, white or red flowers in spring and small colourful fruit in autumn. Birch will grow tall, blackthorn and hawthorn both pretty flowers but will form a dense shrub with thorns. Goat willow not particularly pretty.

Crazycatstory Mon 15-Feb-21 19:01:28

Crab apple look really beautiful in the spring, and are easy to keep to shape. Nightmare in autumn when the little apples are falling all over your lawn and going mouldy (and your stupid dog is trying to eat them all). On the plus side you get lots of birds coming in to feed off the apples.
Silver birch are pretty, but not lots of leaves for coverage, and will grow taaaalllllll.
Blackthorn is more bush like, so lots of fence coverage, has thorns, so not great if you have small children maybe, but does mean you will have your own supply of sloes for making sloe gin.....

Blyatiful Mon 15-Feb-21 19:02:17

Crab apple for jelly.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 15-Feb-21 19:02:23

Not the silver birch. You will not keep it at 6 foot.

ImFree2doasiwant Mon 15-Feb-21 19:02:31

I'd go for crab apple

DonLewis Mon 15-Feb-21 19:03:41

Crab apple all the way. Pretty blossom, productive, usually have a lovely habit.

We have birches and they're massive

CoronaIsWatching Mon 15-Feb-21 19:03:58

Can you grow a crab apple in a pot

Wilkolampshade Mon 15-Feb-21 19:13:56

@Crazycatstory has it exactly right.

JayAlfredPrufrock Mon 15-Feb-21 19:16:09


Sprig1 Mon 15-Feb-21 19:23:16

Crab apple.

Sleepthief Mon 15-Feb-21 19:23:57

Silver birch. It grows tall, but doesn't spread outwards so much. And there's something ethereal about the rustling of the leaves. I've got one in my very small back garden.

Sleepthief Mon 15-Feb-21 19:24:40

Ok just re-read 😳 It will not meet your 6ft requirement!

fallingsnowflakes Mon 15-Feb-21 19:29:02

Crab apple, beautiful flowers in spring, bright fruit in autumn. Able to keep to 6ft.

Santastealer Mon 15-Feb-21 20:12:43

Thanks everyone!

I’ve requested the crab apple!

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