The Q&A Archives: What trees to line adriveway

Question: What tree do you recommend to line a small driveway about 40 ft long, about 6 ft across, not a lot of room on one side of drive. I like flowery trees.

Answer: There are a couple of suggestions for the site you describe: ornamental pear or cherry, red bud or dogwood. All have relatively narrow canopies so they won't over crowd the area. The Bradford Pear has been planted extensively over the past twenty years or so and over time has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to winter storm damage, breaking apart under the weight of ice and snow, especially when it reaches maturity. The Cleveland Pear is a narrower growing tree and is often suggested where the width of an area is more limited. All of the pears have a relatively uniform shape by nature and thus lend themselves to formal landscape plans where regularity and uniformity are needed. If you need smaller maturing trees for your space, you might consider some of the smaller more modern crabapples that have been bred for disease resistance as well as looks. Redbud flowers very early in the season, dogwood in late spring. Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape!

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