I am looking for suggestions for trees, smaller in size that would be appropriate for a memorial to my brother who died an unfortunate death at the age of 29. He died on Dec 10th, cause is still unknown. However, I want to purchase a tree for my mother to plant in his honor. She has had a few other offers from co-workers and whatnot, offering to purchase trees in his memory as well. My first thought was paperbark maple, for the wonderful fall foliage, and bark.
I think though, they would like something with pretty spring blooms. I also was thinking of the Star Magnolia. I have always loved that tree for its wonderful early blooms. So pretty, but what else would be good? Dogwood, cherry, ornamental peach?? I just don't want any weak trees, prone to early demise... not good for a memorial tree. Also, this would be planted at their vacation/retirement home, so watering would be only every 2 weeks or so in the heat of summer. Thanks for any ideas!