Friday, October 30, 2009

Landscape - Smaller Trees for Delaware Landscapes

The following are some smaller trees to consider for Delaware Landscapes

Amur maple (Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala). Hardy; multi-stemmed tree; 15-20’ tall; fragrant, inconspicuous, creamy-white flowers in spring; red fruit in summer that turns brown; bright orange to red fall color; can reseed in wild; tolerant to a wide range of soils and pH.

Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata). Hardy; compact; upright; 15-25’ tall; reddish-brown, shiny bark; large, creamy-white, slightly fragrant, terminal flowers in June; yellow fall color; tolerant to a wide range of soils and pH; urban and salt tolerant.

American hornbeam, musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana). Hardy; wide-spreading; multi-stemmed tree with low branches; 20-30’ tall; fluted, muscle-like bark and branches; yellow to orange-red fall color; slow grower; prefers rich, moist, slightly-acid soil; salt intolerant; shade tolerant. Native tree.

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis). Hardy; spreading; vase-shaped tree; 20-30’ tall; reddish-purple new leaves that change to green; brownish-black bark with orange inner bark; reddish-purple flowers that fade to pink in early spring; yellow fall color; prefers a moist; welldrained soil; pH adaptable; partial shade tolerant; native tree.

Apple serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora). Hardy; upright; multi-stemmed tree; 15-25’ tall; smooth gray bark; reddish-bronze new growth; white flowers in early spring; reddish-purple edible fruit in early summer; attracts birds; yellow-orange to red fall color; full sun to partial shade; prefers a moist, welldrained, slightly acid soil.

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