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Old 09-09-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Hey BD I think I may have been mistaken about the tree. I'm uploading a few pictures. Can anyone help me figure out if it is a Japanese Maple. If it is, I should be happy since they don't get overly large. Then I guess I can continue with the shade garden.

I have a seedling I transplanted elsewhere and the seedling has orange-ish leaves.

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Old 09-09-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Hi, I didn't read the entire thread, but for an evergreen idea, I suggest Loropetalum. They're beautiful, and you can buy dwarf or regular and trim them. They have gorgeous foliage and also breathtaking flowers in the spring. And they love acidic soil. I just planted some myself...and this is the perfect time to plant them as we go into fall. Some of the varieties are shown here, although there are quite a few more not shown. They come with purple foliage to green, and flowers range from red to pink to white. I planted Purple Diamond and absolutely LOVE them.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:03 PM
 
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Ok Kinky after comparing it with about 200+ varieties of Japanese Maples

It appears to be a standard Acer Palmatum. Now this can be confusing because there are many varieties of Acer Palmatum including the standard Acer Palmatum, if that makes any sense. Maples are one of the most prolific trees world wide.

Ok now your tree can get to 30'+ tall under optimum conditions. Not sure if that's what you wanted to hear. However your Acer also does really well when heavily pruned.

Hope that helps, have a great weekend Kinky.

Bulldogdad.
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Susquehanna River, Union Co, PA
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I like Yaupon holly

They are too tender for my zone unfortunately

The berries are attractive to birds during winter.

They come in dwarf:



Last edited by SusqueHappy; 09-09-2011 at 06:18 PM.. Reason: Add pic
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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Thanks I think I'm going to keep going with the shade garden and try to prune the maple to keep it under control... 30 ft isn't as bad as 50 ft, right?
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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Thanks I think I'm going to keep going with the shade garden and try to prune the maple to keep it under control... 30 ft isn't as bad as 50 ft, right?

Sure.
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:33 PM
 
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just had my yard done; asked for plantings that i would not see in every single neighboring yard. dwarf hinoki cypress, sarcococcas, fall blooming camellia, dwarf abies
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm in zone 6B, but that's close enough.

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1. Evergreens - Shorter than 3 feet is ideal.
I love hollies and boxwoods; no doubt there are plenty that would suit your planting zone. They're compact -- good for your tight spaces. The only babying they need is some acidic fertilizer in the spring and early fall. The blue rug juniper is nice, too. Or a dwarf azalea? I have a couple that are as tight as the hollies; I rarely have to prune them, and they retain their compact little round shape year after year.

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3. Perennials of 1 - ~30 inches high. I have some flowers in a nearby bed and I'm crazy and I like to color coordinate. I also have ideas RE feng-shui LOL for the location. Ideas in the blue or black family? Blooming in early spring or Fall is a plus.
I planted a ton of sedum in various heights and colors. Some stay above ground all winter, which is nice.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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I'm in zone 6B, but that's close enough.


I love hollies and boxwoods; no doubt there are plenty that would suit your planting zone. They're compact -- good for your tight spaces. The only babying they need is some acidic fertilizer in the spring and early fall. The blue rug juniper is nice, too. Or a dwarf azalea? I have a couple that are as tight as the hollies; I rarely have to prune them, and they retain their compact little round shape year after year.


I planted a ton of sedum in various heights and colors. Some stay above ground all winter, which is nice.
Hmm nice tips. I have another area where I'd like to plant evergreens, too. Can you recommend any specific boxwood and holly cultivars? I tried to pick them before, but my head was spinning because of all the variety.
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