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Question: I live in Atlanta. My home is 12 years old. Large front lawn with southern exposure. Full sun. I'd like to find a single tree to plant around my mailbox area...a beautiful, specimen tree. The island around the mailbox has a stack stone wall around it. Want the tree to be hardy, love the sun and heat, and grow no more than 15-18 feet tall. Would like it to flower if possible for color...i like the look of a river birch with the peeling trunk but I understand they grow over 20-30 feet tall. I plan to have 'uplighting' against the tree so it should be beautiful. DOn't want a shrub. Any ideas?

Answer: Mary,

Sorry for the delayed reply. I would suggest a medium sized crape myrtle for that area. There are many great choices in the height range you mentioned. The bark is beautiful. The following web site although from Texas offers great info and photos of many crape myrtle varieties, and would be very helpful to you:

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