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Old 10-15-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Default Best Trees To Plant in Tight Area Near House

I want to plant 2 trees on the northern exposed side of my house. This side of my house is about 35 feet long, and my yard width slightly varies from just 8 feet from house-to-fence, to about 12 feet house-to-fence.

I need a couple of trees that will grow up and not out. In other words, narrow and not wide--due to my neighbors' property line so nearby. Also, I don't want the trees to crowd and grow into my house so much.

I was thinking birch, perhaps? I live in Stamford, CT--so we do have 4 seasons, and the winters aren't mild, but not terribly cold either.

Thanks!
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Is this a one story or two story house? The reason I asked is that where there is such a narrow bit of yard, sometimes a trellis with an evergreen vine on it works very well. It just depends on how that side of the house looks. But on a two story house...nope, doesn't work!!
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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I own a 2 story "cape-cod" style house. I'm strongly leaning towards 2 birch trees--although we've thought about bamboo, but I don't necessarily want a long bamboo "screen."
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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What about a fastigiate Ginkgo? They are slower growing, but they are stronger wooded than a birch.

Ginkgo biloba 'Fastigiata' habit: UIPLANTS

They only thing I would worry about is too much shade (north side of house is usually shaded). If it's pretty shady, you may need an understory type tree like dogwood or Hophornbeam (Ostrya).
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: McKinleyville, California
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I do not know if Corkscrew willow ( Salix matsudana) would work in your climate zone or not. It is a deciduous collummnar tree of medium height and fast growth. It sometimes called dragons claw willow because of the 4 inch long curved leaves. The branches are very interesting visually during the winter. I planted one in a clients yard about three years ago and it was about six feet tall then and now it is about 30 feet tall and maybe six feet across of growth. You can harvest some of the outside branches to thin the tree out and get some nice walking sticks too.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:56 PM
 
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I get real nervous when someone plants a tree close to a house... The roots can do bad things to a foundation.

Shrubs would be ok. Perhap an arvorite would be OK... Their root system should not cause foundation issues.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:06 PM
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Location: The 12th State
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I would suggest a weeping cherry tree the roots dont spread out nor do the tree limbs
http://www.greenhouseplants.com/imag...gcherry-lg.gif
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Old 10-16-2008, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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I would suggest a weeping cherry tree the roots dont spread out nor do the tree limbs
http://www.greenhouseplants.com/imag...gcherry-lg.gif
Nice call. A weeping cherry we like is Prunus X Snozofoam, Snow Fountains weeping cherry. Most won't get more than 15 feet tall x 12 feet wide and they're pretty commonly available. These are grafted and if you're diligent, you can find one that will have a smaller or larger expected size, depending on the graft.
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I would suggest a weeping cherry tree the roots dont spread out nor do the tree limbs
http://www.greenhouseplants.com/imag...gcherry-lg.gif
Thanks--that does sound like an excellent option...I may pursue that.
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