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alley_cat_gwMarch 10, 2012

This is the side of my house. It has direct southern exposure on steroids during the summer. The distance between the sidewalk and the concrete foundation is exactly 35" and no more.The window means nothing.Drainage is ok, but not the best.That side of my house is 40' long and that area is in the center. I just removed one of those ornamental little peach trees that was fun for a number of years and is on a truck heading for one of the kids houses. Ive been trying to think of a cool conifer to put there,but the 'light bulb' wont come on.I will be adding some pencil points like gold cone,but would like something speacial in the center. Do you think p p 'the blues' could work in that 35" foot print? Any ideas at all?...Id love to here em! Thanks AL

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

boy do i have opinions.. care for one....


south facing.. z7 .. hot.. humid MD ...

i would call that a frying pan in MI ...


    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 7:26PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Very narrow. I think The Blues grows way outward when it leans over, but maybe a procumbens or something staked to the height you want and allowed to weep then, or how about something on a standard? These are the things I think about in my yard. :)

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 7:44PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Al, that's a miniature or super narrow upright spot-only.
Of course 'Al's Irish Drift' will fit nicely. uh-huh!

I'd look into hard pines, heat tolerant firs (if drainage + those grafted on Canaan will be more tolerant than other rootstock; sure if you can find those grafted to firma), no soft pines, no larch, juniper is good, hemlock is a no, and all spruce are good. 2" per year but I wouldn't go any more.

Pick a website such as Coenosium and I'll write a list of my favorites.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 7:46PM
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Dax beat me to it and perfectly described some suggestions though I will say any 'weeping/trainable' types would be fine as long as you don't mind staking for a while and then training as you see fit.

Picea pungens 'The Blues' would be fine there, train it all over the place.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 9:24PM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Larger weepers that are sharp to the touch are not very conducive to near a sidewalk. I would never plant 'The Blues' there, or anything that will ever outgrow that space in a hurry. You'd be planting a tree, next to a house.


    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 7:59AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

the problem i see.. is how to get a mini to get 'established' ... with the known variable ...

not that it cant be done...

but that is might be very hard ... with the sun and the heat.. etc ...


    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 10:17AM
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