small tree for raised bed

beethegardenerAugust 4, 2008

Hi, I am designing my first garden for a friend and I need to put a tree in a raised bed that borders a patio. It gets full sun and there is a fence behind the bed so it has to be a vase-shaped tree - I had thought that an Amur Maple would be good but it turns out they are hard to come by in my area. Would a redbud be a good alternative? Other thoughts/suggestions? Thanks :-)

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crunchpa(z5Pa)

Good small trees include... sargent crab, pee gee hydrangea, star magnolis

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 5:22PM
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cccatcrazy(Z4 NY Catskills)

Another tree that would be about the size of a redbud is a dogwood, whether traditional pink or white, or Japanese. The Kousa dogwood, a Japanese import is readily available in this area and very happy to grow here - even in the upper elevations of the Catskills! It flowers later than the traditional dogwood, safely following our famous May freezes, the flowering lasts for weeks, and is followed by colorful raspberry-colored, (edible) drupes. Fall foliage is a pretty red. The double- trunked Kousa in my front yard is about 20' tall at 15 years of age.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2008 at 10:26AM
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beethegardener

Hi, thanks for the ideas - I'd love to use any of the trees suggested,but I'm limited by the proximity to the patio - the owners don't want to clean up flower petals or fruits. I tried to explain that all trees have some kind of fruit/flower or both but got a blank look. Should I be concerned about planting a small maple or a crape myrtle in a raised bed?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2008 at 5:23PM
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jayco(5b NY)

How about a Japanese maple? Expensive but beautiful, and with so many varieties to choose from you should be able to find the appropriate size.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2008 at 12:43PM
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