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Best trees for containers?

Posted by luckyone711 9b (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 10, 12 at 16:26

Does anyone have suggestions about a good tree to plant in a large (approx. 3' diameter by 4' tall) container? I would need it to shade my deck, which receives afternoon sun and gets VERY hot in August in south Louisiana! The deck is surrounded by concrete down by a river. I thought about a nice palm but have been having second thoughts considering we have had some pretty cold winters before this past one. Thanks for any advice...

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RE: Best trees for containers?

I hate that you haven't gotten an answer, so I'll give it a try. I really am not experienced with growing Trees in containers. Some thoughts would be dwarf citrus, dwarf crape myrtles (might be too messy on a deck), Little Gem magnolia. Possibly a large shrub which can also be considered a tree, like camellia (but might be too sunny for that) or tea olive. Some palms are winter hardy but I don't know which ones. Your best bet might be to contact your local nurseryman (not the big box garden centers) for ideas.
Laurie (lived most of my life in 9b)

RE: Best trees for containers?

Thank you so much, Laurie. I was just hoping I would find someone who could give me an actual success story. :-]

I do like the idea of the magnolia. I thought the same thing about the crepe myrtle - too much mess. I'll make the rounds of the nurseries and see if they have any suggestions.

RE: Best trees for containers?

I had a little gem magnolia tree in a 24" clay pot just off the side of a low deck for years. It did great. Decided to plant it in the ground so that it would get bigger. It stayed about 8' tall in the pot.

RE: Best trees for containers?

Try the Florida Gardening forum. Tons of people in Zone 9b and lots of traffic on the forum.

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