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Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

Posted by pmsmith2032 Z5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 25, 12 at 13:46

My wife and I are putting together plans to landscape our backyard this coming Spring and are looking for tree/shrub suggestions. We ideally are looking to improve privacy and have a "northwoods feel". Some of the species we are looking at include:
Paper Birch
River Birch (one already planted at the back of the yard about mid-way from left to right)
Cedar (Red or White)
Maples
Douglas, Balsam, and Frasier Firs
Canadian Hemlock
Dogwoods
Viburnium
Holly
Pines (Jack, Red)
Oaks
Spruce
Winterberry
Lilac
Rose of Sharon
Serviceberry
Redbud

We have a thread on the ladscape design forum that includes many more specifics and includes diagrams and pictures:

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/design/msg0109232924401.html?53

Thanks in advance!


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RE: Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

be careful with birch. I'm not sure what kind I have, but it is sending underground roots-rhisomes? that send up dozens of fast growing birch trees. I can kill them easily, but they just send up more. Quite a pest


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RE: Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

  • Posted by RpR_ 3-4 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 28, 12 at 10:53

Lilacs will give you that absolutely wonderful scent in spring and the viburnium, certain types, have edible fruit.

I would also consider a Catalpa tree and Mulberry.


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RE: Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

  • Posted by RpR_ 3-4 (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 28, 12 at 11:12

Lilacs will give you that absolutely wonderful scent in spring and the viburnium, certain types, have edible fruit.

I would also consider a Catalpa tree and Mulberry.


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RE: Trees/Shrubs for Backyard Landscaping Project

One very important thing to consider if you think you may eventually want to plant perennials or annuals under your trees, is that some are much more difficult than others to garden under. Some have very greedy tree roots such as maple and it's difficult to grow anything underneath them. That doesn't mean maples are bad trees. It just means that you may want to plan one area with deep rooted trees where you can plant flowers or hostas later, and put your maples in another area.


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