The Q&A Archives: ornamental trees

Question: We moved in our newly built house with no landscaping last July 2. We are ready to landscape now. We live in Ma. The area to be landscaped is a half acre. We are interested in several ornamental trees for color . I would love a burgundy leaf color all season and some spring flowering and fall color. I also love the weeping cherry type tree. I'm not wanting shade . I love the brightness in the house from the front and sides being clear of trees . We have an acre of woods behind us . Our back deck is shaded by the architecture of the house . What would you suggest for ornamental trees in keeping with the description and preferences previously stated ?

Answer: There are too many possibilities to list them all, but here are a few suggestions:
American Pink Dogwood (Cornus florida var. Rubra); The sister to the native American White Dogwood. Similarly, it makes an excellent ornamental specimen near a patio, on corners of homes, or in groupings. Also useful for naturalizing at the edge of woods.

American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis); An impressive and majestic specimen tree for big spaces. Its exfoliating bark is the Sycamore?s most salient quality. Its gray-brown barks flakes off to reveal the light gray to cream colored inner bark. Gorgeous to see in the winter.

American Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea (lutea); An incredibly beautiful native flowering tree. Perfect white blossoms hang down like wisteria and cover the tree. Bright green leaves that turn yellow in the fall and dark, sleek bark make the Yellowwood a tree with four-season appeal.

Aristocrat Pear (Pyrus calleryana ?Aristocrat?);
A medium to large size ornamental tree, that can be used in place of the Bradford Pear tree.

Armstrong Columnar Red Maple (Acer rubrum ?Armstrong?); A compact, narrow growing red maple for smaller spaces or for use as an unusual accent or specimen tree. Fits in nicely between the sidewalk and road curb. A kin of the ?October Glory? and ?Red Sunset? red maples.

Autumnalis Cherry (Prunus subhirtella ?Autumnalis?); A medium-sized ornamental tree that is among the earliest to bloom in early spring and interestingly, has occasional blooms in the fall.

Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ?Bloodgood?); One of the most popular red-leaved Japanese maples: the standard by which others are judged. The Bloodgood has very good deep red leaves that hold their color well into the summer.

Crabapple (Malus spp); The crabapple is a small-sized ornamental tree for use as a specimen in small spaces. They offer a large diversity in leaf and flower color. They also produce small fruit (apples for jelly if you like) of different colors.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis); A small to medium size native, ornamental tree. May be used as a specimen, in groupings, or for naturalizing the woodland. In addition to the species, there are varieties that are of like growth habit but offer different flower or leaf color.

London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia); This is a hybrid of the American Sycamore, providing improved foliage and disease resistance. A majestic shade tree for large and open spaces. The creamy-white, exfoliating bark provides incredible winter interest.

Hope a few of these trees appeal to you!

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