The Q&A Archives: Type Of Tree

Question: I would like to line my road with a tree that does not have an invasive root system, is deer resistant, is multi-stemmed, and does not need alot of water. I would prefer something that has seasonal flowers. Can you reccommed anything?

Answer: There are three trees that come immediately to mind:
Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda tree) Pagoda tree is a good shade tree and is often planted as a street tree in cities. It's usually upright to spreading with a broadly rounded crown at maturity. Mature size is variable but usually grows 20' to 40' in height. Finely divided light green leaflets give it an airy texture. The creamy to white, mildly fragrant flowers are borne in foot-long terminal panicles in July through mid-August. Brown seed pods can persist into winter.

Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood)Long-blooming kousa dogwood produces white-bracted flowers in early summer, after native dogwoods. Growing to 30 feet tall and 40 feet wide, kousa dogwood has an open, branching habit and beautiful flaking bark in shades of gray, brown, and white. It bears edible raspberry-like red fruit in late summer, if two trees are near each other.

Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis (Thornless common honeylocust) Thornless honeylocust is a fast-growing, graceful shade tree with leaves made up of tiny leaflets. Its open, dappled shade doesn't thwart lawns or gardens. The inconspicuous flowers are fragrant in late spring; the leaves turn yellow in fall and often persist into winter. To avoid litter from seed pods, choose a podless (male) cultivar such as 'Shademaster'.

A final suggestion is Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive) A tough, hardy, fast-growing tree, Russian olive can grow to 20 feet tall and wide. It is popular for its eye-catching silvery leaves; small, fragrant white flowers; and edible yellow fruit that attracts birds. 'Red King' has dark red fruit.

Hope one of these trees is just what you're looking for!

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