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Question: We have a small backyard that is mostly paved. There is a narrow strip of planting area near the retaining wall and fence, next to our neighbor's backyard. The planting area is 13'x 2', and the height of the retaining wall + fence is 9'. The depth of the entire backyard is about 15'. I'd like to plant two Evergreen trees, upright and leafy, with the branches start to grow above 5'-6', and grow to at most 15' to 20'. Could you suggest some trees fit this kind of environment? Thank you.

Answer: Some good choices for the site you describe include Acer circinatum (vine maple), Acer griseum (paperbark maple), Acer palmatum (Japanese maple), Cercidium (Palo Verde), Cercia (redbud), Chionanthus (fringe tree), Erythrina (coral tree), Albizia julibrissin (silk tree), Laburnum (goldenchain), Sophora japoica (pagoda tree) or Acacia stenophylla (shoestring acacia), Camphor, Ornamental Pear, or Citrus. Only the last three are evergreen. Most grow less than 20' at maturity, but all can be pruned to control size and shape.

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