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Your favourite trees for the garden?

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evelynj Sat 20-Aug-16 10:02:22

Last week I bought a rowan as a memorial tree for our dearly departed cat & realised that I haven't planted any trees since moving here 3 years ago. I'm missed the silver birches that I planted at my last house & may get a silver birch or 2 for somewhere.

I also saw a snakebark maple that I think I'm going to get today. I like trees that have a pleasing shape but don't know much about where to position them. What are your faves?

MewlingQuim Sat 20-Aug-16 10:13:28

I do like the snakebark maples. There is also one with flaky orange/brown bark that is lovely, Acer griseum.

I love trees. I've managed to fit 10 in my small city garden grin

I like fruit trees. They have beautiful blossom, edible fruit and can be usually pruned to keep them small enough. Amelanchier and crataegus prunifolia are also good small trees - blossom, fruit and then autumn colour too.

evelynj Sat 20-Aug-16 10:58:22

Ooh, the griseum does look nice, though I'm somewhat restricted to what the garden centres have locally as I need to do it now! No patience ;). There was a garden programme on ages ago that I just watched where a forester planted his plot 30 years ago & it looked awesome! I'm wondering if I could put a small tree in a pot in the patio too...,,

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 20-Aug-16 11:01:19

We have a couple of fruit trees, which are nice and a a Japanese maple which is beautiful with gorgeous pink leaves for part of the year. We also have an accidental horse chestnut, which I would probably not advise...

Lunar1 Sat 20-Aug-16 11:07:12

I seem to have a fruit tree obsession. I've cherry, plum-4 types, 4 apples, 2 pears, and a couple of random ones that I put in this year. You would think I owned a small field, but no, it's just a normal garden that I keep finding space in. We will be over run in a few years with fruit. My oldest pear and apple have been in 6 years and have 200 fruit on each at least.

Don't even get me started on soft fruit bushes!!

evelynj Sat 20-Aug-16 16:06:53

Ooh, soft fruit! Keep wanting space for raspberries!

The snake bark maple has just arrived so need to pick a position & get digging!

RoosterCogburn Sat 20-Aug-16 16:21:53

My neighbour has a beautiful Acer Negundo Flamingo tree, very pretty pink edged leaves.

Lunar1 Sat 20-Aug-16 16:43:27

If hat was my lawn it would have been turned into an orchard!!

JT05 Sat 20-Aug-16 20:16:11

My favourite is a Rowan, as well. Have you considered an Amelanchier? Although it is sold as a bush, we grew on as a small tree. They give interest almost all year round.

evelynj Sat 20-Aug-16 23:17:34

Ooh the acer & the amelchanier? both look good! Luckily we're on a hilltop with lots of trees/treetops to look over otherwise an orchard would be tempting but the whole area is on a drystone wall that I don't want to put big roots near. May do an acer in a big pot on the patio. Must try not to get carried away!

PurpleWithRed Sat 20-Aug-16 23:29:27

Fig, plant it into an old washing machine drum to contain the roots. . And greengage. I love my cercis canadensis too.

shovetheholly Mon 22-Aug-16 09:12:23

I'm a big fan of betula jacquemontii - so white, so beautiful! But I do realise it's a bit of a garden design cliche!

You can't beat a good acer - not one of the shaggy ones that looks like a fraggle, but one with stems and structure!

Cloud pruned evergreens look amazing - I mean to give this a go soon!

And I do love a flowering cherry. I was in a garden of rhodos recently, and there was a single cherry tree. It looked so pure and elegant against all these blowsy flowers.

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