We need to plant a few in our back garden which is medium/large size for town - approx 20m long. The trees will hopefully give us some screening from a tall block of flats, so will need to grow to 4m plus and provide decent cover, evergreen would be good but am not keen on any conifers or Eucalyptus. Am thinking maybe Rowan, Chinese birch, possibly Whitebeam and Magnolia. Any other suggestions? Thanks
Orinoco - is it too late to remove the oak and replace it with something smaller? The council did exactly the same thing to my parents 30 years ago, only their garden was 15 feet. They rang up and asked the council to move it, but they refused, saying that it was their policy to provide greenery or some such nonsense. So my folks dug it up, replaced it with a much smaller rowan tree, and gave the oak to a friend of theirs who had a farm. And both trees are still going strong.
If I had my choice of trees I'd want something that bore fruit - perhaps pear or plum.
Magnolias are gorgeous but only when in flower - for the rest of the year they are quite dull. And they flower in April/May when it's often too cold to sit in the garden, so make sure you plant them in your front garden where you will actually see them, not the back where it might get forgotten.
My favourite small tree is Amelanchier - doesn't grow too big, stunning at all times of year: white blossom in spring, green leaves in summer and bright red all through the autumn.
yes agree that Amelanchiers are lovely, we had two in our previous garden, and I will get one for here but they are not great in terms of giving privacy/screening, as they're a bit too small. There is a Magnolia which flowers now, think its the Grandiflora, which I have my eye on but I think from looking they are £££££.
acers are great, some grow quite big, beautfiul trees but lots of leaves to clear up.
Kilmarnock (pussy) willow- lovely.
Fast growing and screening - I have a massive berberis which is about 15' high now - of course, if you have small children, not ideal because of spikes. Lilac makes a good screen, grows to about 12-15' tall I think, quite fast. jasmine grows like a wotsit and can be trained over a screen, ditto honeysuckle
Our new garden has a magnolia tree which is currently in flower and is one of the garden highlights. It is a beautiful shape. We also have a lovely apple tree that dd has fallen in love with. The dog thinks it is an edible call tree. In my previous garden we had a blossom that did a good job of providing privacy at the back with what i think was a silver birch.