Japanese garden tree (fast growing shade)

Cypher1September 12, 2011

Im looking for a nice shade tree i can use for a japanese garden besided a japanese maple. Something without too many seeds or nothing dirty. Thanks.

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terrestrial_man(9)

An evergreen oak?

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 10:26PM
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Cypher1

I was thinking of a Trident Maple or a Chinese Pistache. What ya think?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 2:17AM
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terrestrial_man(9)

Both are deciduous and the maple produces lots of winged seed pods. Evergreens will not be so messy, though I find pines to be messy with their leaf drop. One I was thinking of is the Chinese Cork Oak. Check the wiki below.
But there are other species as well. What I like about this oak is that it appears to be a fairly open shade that will allow an acceptable amount of light to the ground below. It is not too messy and it has a very interesting texture of bark, in case you enjoy hugging your trees!! (couldn't help that!).

Here is a link that might be useful: Chinese Cork Oak

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 3:37PM
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Cypher1

Actually i was looking for something a bit smaller. Maybe not so much shade. lol Something that will look nice in a japanese garden next to some japanese maples

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 1:42AM
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terrestrial_man(9)

how about some shrubs?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2011 at 9:39PM
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Cypher1

I will get shrubs too but i need a tree for some shade. Preferably a evergreen besides a pine.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2011 at 8:45PM
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Cypher1

What kind of tall skinny shrubs can i get?

    Bookmark   November 9, 2011 at 4:58PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Broad-leaved evergreens tend to be send with substantial persisting litter beneath them just like coniferous evergreens. Deciduous trees, on the other hand usually have one big dump of leaves in the fall, with such quantities of litter not being seen the rest of the year.

Have a look at the table of trees for garden and patio use in the plant selection portion near the front of the Sunset Western Garden Book. There are also books on Japanese gardening and garden plants in print, that discuss typical choices of trees and other plants for this type of gardening.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 1:56PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

"Send" was supposed to be "seen".

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 1:58PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Various species of Podocarpus such as gracilior, macrophyllus, latifolius would all work nicely, and are much less messy than a pine species. An Atlantic Weeping Cedar might also look good with the maple. A Mayten tree could a_lso be nice...

    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 11:57PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

Crape Myrtle, Wax Leaf Myrtle, or Red Bud, all can be a large shrub or a small shade tree.
Their are many shrubs like Snow Ball Tree, Camilla, Banana Shrub if you want large flowering shrubs.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2011 at 4:36PM
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MrMiagi48386(z4 usa mich)

My choice would be Kousa Dogwood. Excellent tree growing to about 20 to 25 feet. Beautiful flowers (bracks)(don't know if i spelled that right) in the spring.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 9:50AM
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