The Q&A Archives: Tree types based on size/height and growing space

Question: Hello,
I am looking at planting some trees (3 in total) around the perimeter of my patio.

1 tree would be planted along the side that will have 5 ft x 7ft of growing space in a partial sun/shade area

1 tree would be planted in a 4 ft x 4 ft area in direct sunlight all day

1 tree would be planted in a 3 ft x f ft area in direct sunlight fo rmost of the day.

I would like all trees to grow larger than 10 ft in height and be withing there span area I mentioned above.

...any suggestions?


Answer: This is really difficult. Most trees are spreading and will not give you that kind of height and remain so narrow unless they have an extremely columnar form. And when they grow so upright in such a small area, it can seem a bit intimidating to the person standing between them. However, you might find an upright arborvitae for the full sun locations and possibly you could use a PeeGee hydrangea in the part sun location. This is actually a summer flowering, large multistemmed shrub but can be trained as a tree and pruned to fit. You might also consider vines trained to trelliswork that fits each area. Your local professional nursery staff will probably have some other suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of what you are trying to achieve and the growing conditions where you are planting. Good luck with your project.

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