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Memorial tree in wild meadow

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notarehearsal Thu 29-Dec-16 14:59:17

I've planted a wild flower meadow last autumn ( thanks to much advise I received here) and have been given a gift of money to buy a tree in memory of my ds whose anniversary is almost ten years ago. Has anyone any recommendations for a stunning tree that won't look out of place within a wild flower area please? I loved the idea of magnolia but unsure if it would look right. I've got around £200 to play with

pithivier Thu 29-Dec-16 16:46:01

Amelanchia is a beautiful tree. White Blossom in spring then every month the leaves change until a beautiful orange in Autumn.

notarehearsal Thu 29-Dec-16 16:52:39

Thanks I'll google it

aircooled Thu 29-Dec-16 17:38:55

Prunus padus, Bird Cherry, has scented white blosssom and small black fruit later on. Native to Britain, it would sit well in a meadow and has great benefit to wildlife.

notarehearsal Thu 29-Dec-16 19:35:37

Thanks those are two lovely ideas

bookbook Fri 30-Dec-16 09:39:54

is it a large area?
I was thinking of Viburnum Farreri -being a large shrub . flowering from late autumn, and fragrant
the Amelanchier is lovely - mine is grafted onto a half standard rootstock, so more tree like, but again, you can get them as shrubs

pinkmagic1 Fri 30-Dec-16 09:46:56

What about an oak or a horse chestnut?

bookbook Fri 30-Dec-16 10:51:25

I must admit - I thought an oak would be wonderful, and a lasting memory, depends on size of meadow though.

notarehearsal Sat 31-Dec-16 09:49:01

Thanks so much for responding all. The actual wild flower meadow is about 20ft x 80 ft. There is plenty of other grassed garden surrounded by laurel trees but little else yet. I do like the idea of an oak but actually would prefer colour/ flowers on a tree as my ds loved colours
Ive googled the Viburnum Farreri and that's lovely. The tree will be seen from my kitchen as the door looks directly onto the ( will be) meadow. I'll try to put a photo on soon but please bare with me as the meadow was only planted in the autumn and I have probably unrealistic expectations!

user1471521456 Sat 31-Dec-16 09:54:51

Don't know if you are fixed on the viburnum, but if you wanted native to go with the wildflower theme, how about rowan or elder.

notarehearsal Sat 31-Dec-16 11:27:45

First photo shows view from kitchen going up to second photo where the meadow will finish. Last photo is just the grass area with nothing done yet. I'd ideally like a tree just before where the little battered table and chairs are

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