Highly decorative trees

taxonomist(7b VA)September 30, 2007

Can anyone suggest a few ornamental trees that might be used in a comemorative garden in zone 7? Any type will do...either conifer or deciduous as long as it is an eye-catcher in at least one season.

I am partial to an Abies nordmanniana or A. pinsapo, but I am not sure that either will survive in Virginia's hot,dry summers. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

There is a web site www.historictrees.org Then click on store...... This site offers seedling trees that have an link or association to historic people (presidents etc) or sites.. There is a seedling from the "Lincoln Oak". for example. This might give a list of interisting trees & give a "different" approach to your park.... By the way this was thought was used and 14 trees were selected to be included in the garden by the railroad station where Lincoln left springfield Il. (to become President) & returned after his death. It is also in sight of the New Lincoln Presidental Library.......

    Bookmark   October 3, 2007 at 10:58AM
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I have not found Abies to to very well here and have also felt the heat was a factor.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2007 at 1:19PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

My first suggestion is for you to define what constitutes "highly decorative". Then there are the usual important considerations, like how much space is available, what region is the planting site in, what are the soil and exposure, what else is present in the scene with which the new tree(s) is supposed to look good...

    Bookmark   October 23, 2007 at 3:49PM
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One of my favorite ornamentals is the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus Yeodonis). Eye catching white blossoms in spring and good foliage during the growing season. In the fall they tend to have a yellow-gold leaf color.

Any of the redbuds might be good or Japanese maples. Of course it all depends on your location and how large of a tree you want to use, as others have said. You've got lots of options.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2007 at 11:48PM
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