Suggestions for small tree


Old 09-04-06, 05:57 PM
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Suggestions for small tree

Looking for suggestions on a small, leaved tree that would sit about eighteen feet from the house. I would like to find something that would have the foliage about four to five feet off the ground and mature at about eleven feet high with about nine or ten feet in diameter foliage, measured horizontally.

It would be located in Iowa with cold winters.

Is there something like a red maple that would fit that description?

All advice welcome,

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-04-06, 08:22 PM
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At maturity, the red maple will be over 50 feet tall. You might look at small trees such as crab apple, dogwood, japanese maple, and such.
Old 09-05-06, 04:58 AM
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An Ivory Silk Lilac tree fits your requirements.
Old 09-07-06, 03:35 PM
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Chris and EM69:

Thank you both for your responses. We'll check into your suggestions.

I'm glad I didn't buy the red maple, 50 feet high!! That would take a lot of pruning.

Old 09-10-06, 07:38 AM
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Hi Chris,

Iowa has hardiness zones 4 and 5, so there aren't many small trees that fit your needs. If it's a shady spot you could plant a weeping Japanese maple with a high graft. If that doesn't do it for you, consider a shrub that you can prune into a tree shape.


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