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Old 07-16-2019, 08:25 AM
 
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I planted a natchez crape myrtle 5+ years ago right next to the driveway. I have trimmed it a few times and all is well however I am not liking the mess it makes on cars. Can anyone recommend a replacement bush or tree that would be a nice fit for some shade and does not make a big mess. I have included a picture. I don't want anything over 15 feet or so.
Thank you.

The pic is from a few years ago in the fall so no leaves.
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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An evergreen will be your best bet. They don't shed, leave no mess and you won't have to deal with a lot of maintenance. It will most likely not have the canopy that you want, therefore little shade, but it will hit your other points.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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Thank you. What about a Little Gem Magnolia? Any dwart trees I could put in there? Thanks.
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Old 07-16-2019, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Magnolia's are a gorgeous tree but they are not without their drawback and blossom falling is one of the big ones. The Little Gem can grow to about 20-25 feet tall (we learned the hard way back in NY). I am pretty sure the tree we should have planted is called the Teddy Bear Magnolia or at least that is what I recall being told. They like neutral to slightly acidic soil and some are known to lift concrete if too close to a walkway. Their roots are shallow and spreaders.
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:58 AM
 
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You're so right about the blossom fall. I lived for three years in a house that had two big magnolias in the front yard and although they were spectacular in bloom, the petal cleanup was prodigious!

Some magnolia cultivars will flower again in the summer. I have one in the backyard (came with the house) that is in flower right now on all of the upper/new growth. I'd say about 20% to 25% of the tree is flowering. It's not a fluke; I've noted it every year in my garden diary since buying this house in 2013. Every year starting around July 10th like clockwork.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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I wouldn't plant a tree there.
You are too close to your neighbor to plant a tree.
I don't know your zone, so no bush suggestions.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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If you could find a Hophornbeam it might work there.

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/ostrya-virginiana/
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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I wouldn't plant a tree there.
You are too close to your neighbor to plant a tree.
I don't know your zone, so no bush suggestions.
I agree ... there's just not enough room for a tree, or even a bush of any kind.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:05 PM
 
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It’s definitely a a very narrow spot, too small for a tree and judging by the height of the garage, you will need a slow growing vertical evergreen with a columnar shape.

Perhaps a Ginkgo Goldspire, Dwarf Italian Cypress, Columnar Blue Spruce or Emerald Green Arborvitae might work well.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:36 AM
 
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I wouldn't plant a tree there.
You are too close to your neighbor to plant a tree.
I don't know your zone, so no bush suggestions.
We are located in Raleigh, NC. Thanks for all suggestions. I will probably just remove it and plant grass.
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