Suggestions for small deciduous tree (8-10 ft) in part shade?

John DumasMarch 27, 2006

I have a shady location on the northwest corner of my house where I would like to place a small deciduous flowering or variegated tree or tree-like shrub about 4-6 feet away from the foundation. The previous owners placed a lilac in this spot, but it has never flowered. So, I'd like to give that one a sunnier home and replace it with something else. However, I am not knowledgeable enough to figure out a good replacement plant.

I love the tiered branching and variegated leaves of of Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' (pagoda dogwood), which would really brighten up this space. But others on the forum have told me that this tree would probably get too large. I've also considered Cornus alba 'Elegantissima', but that one is more shrubby and I'd prefer a tree-like shape for this particular spot. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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lisa03(USDA5)

If the spot is not too dark (bright indirect light or a bit of morning or late afternoon sun) one suggestion is a japanese maple. If you really like variegated leaves, there are several variegated japanese maples. The one I am familiar with is Butterfly which only grows 8' to 10' tall with an upright shape. I grow mine under a large crabapple in a spot with only late afternoon sun and, with watering during dry spells, it is very happy and turns interesting pink, purple shades in the fall.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 7:31PM
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waplummer(Z5 NY)

Shadblow, Juneberry, Serviceberry - amelenchier should fit the bill.Choose one of the species/hybrids that mathc the desired height.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 10:04PM
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