Small trees near pool in Phoenix

mary_mary_gardenerNovember 4, 2007

Hi All,

I lost two beautiful small ficus benjamina in last year's freeze. I'm trying to decide what SMALL trees to re-plant near our pool. I'm restricted by power lines on one side and small width (needs to be relatively vertical) on the other.

Exposure is south/west--so will get some intense heat near walls and pool.

The bottlebrush tree was suggested at the nursery (I would LOVE the hummingbirds), but I live in fear of tree debris after having three Australian Bottle Trees near the pool in the past.

Suggestions? Bottle Tree? Ficus Benjamina?

Thanks!

Mary

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turtleman49(AZ)

Have you considered Sophora secundiflora ?
(Texas Mountain Laural)

    Bookmark   November 5, 2007 at 8:09AM
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fauxnecian

I planted the Aus. Willow near mine. I think they can get rather tall, but not wide & they are weepy.

I think it's from the Dave the Garden Guy site, but there is a whole list of trees that are "pool friendly".

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 5:47PM
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mary_mary_gardener

Could you send me the list of trees that are pool friendly? Or direct me to it?
Thanks for the suggestion regarding the Texas Laurel--I'd never heard of it.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 8:36PM
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murmanator

Heres a good link

Here is a link that might be useful: Poolside Plants

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 5:12PM
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mary_mary_gardener

Thanks, murmanator, Poolside Plants was a helpful link!
Does anyone have input as far as the Mastic tree (pitacia lentiscus)?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 10:44PM
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