Return to the Louisiana & Mississippi Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
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...


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
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)


 o
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.


 o
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.


 o
RE: Best trees for containers?

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


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Louisiana & Mississippi Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here