best small tree for zn 5

sycaway66March 10, 2008

Hello, I am new to Gardenweb but already it seems to be a fantastic resource!! I have gardened for years but always at rental properties. I recently purchased my first home and am loving having complete garden freedom!!! I am looking for a small tree(30 ft or less ) to plant in my 6hr of sun, small backyard. I only have room for 1 tree so it has to be spectacular!!! Am looking for something with at least 3 season interest.

I have done some research and explored my local nurseries and so far I have come up with-japanese or korean stewartia, sourwood(some say questionable in zone 5), tri-color beech , heptacodium and 'oridono nishiki' japanese maple. Does anyone have any experience with any of these or any other suggestions? Help!! Thanks

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krazyaroider(Hamburg, NY 14075 Zone 6)

Cornus kousa - Chinese Dogwood. Hardy in zone 5 and flowers longer and later than Cornus florida. It's bark is exfoliating with age. The ones by the woodworking building at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg exhibit this trait.
Mine set viable seed and was able to start new ones, thus saving a lot of $$$ - good for gifts for friends.
It has an vase shaped appearance in youth, older trees have a rounded shape. The ones at th Fairgrounds, unfortunately are sheared so they cannot exhibit natural growth habit :(
It is disease resistant and drought resistant, plus it will grow at a nice even pace - mine do.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2008 at 3:40PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

You might want to try the tree forum. There have been some posts on this in the past if you want to do a search of the tree forum.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2008 at 1:37PM
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