Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

pmsmith2032(5b Suburbs of Chicago)January 25, 2012

My wife and I are putting together plans to landscape our backyard this coming Spring and are looking for tree/shrub suggestions. We ideally are looking to improve privacy and have a "northwoods feel". Some of the species we are looking at include:

Paper Birch

River Birch (one already planted at the back of the yard about mid-way from left to right)

Cedar (Red or White)

Maples

Douglas, Balsam, and Frasier Firs

Canadian Hemlock

Dogwoods

Viburnium

Holly

Pines (Jack, Red)

Oaks

Spruce

Winterberry

Lilac

Rose of Sharon

Serviceberry

Redbud

We have a thread on the ladscape design forum that includes many more specifics and includes diagrams and pictures:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/design/msg0109232924401.html?53

Thanks in advance!

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quinney

be careful with birch. I'm not sure what kind I have, but it is sending underground roots-rhisomes? that send up dozens of fast growing birch trees. I can kill them easily, but they just send up more. Quite a pest

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 10:18AM
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RpR_(3-4)

Lilacs will give you that absolutely wonderful scent in spring and the viburnium, certain types, have edible fruit.

I would also consider a Catalpa tree and Mulberry.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 10:53AM
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RpR_(3-4)

Lilacs will give you that absolutely wonderful scent in spring and the viburnium, certain types, have edible fruit.

I would also consider a Catalpa tree and Mulberry.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 11:12AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

One very important thing to consider if you think you may eventually want to plant perennials or annuals under your trees, is that some are much more difficult than others to garden under. Some have very greedy tree roots such as maple and it's difficult to grow anything underneath them. That doesn't mean maples are bad trees. It just means that you may want to plan one area with deep rooted trees where you can plant flowers or hostas later, and put your maples in another area.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 7:25AM
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