The Q&A Archives: native trees to plant in baltimore

Question: hi, what flowering (fruit?) tree can you recommend for a tiny rowhouse back-yard patio in downtown Baltimore, that will stand up to city air and not too much sun and very small trunk space?
thank you

Answer: Some small natives for your area include:
SHADBUSH OR SERVICEBERRY (Amelanchier canadensis) Height: 6'-20', Spread: 10'. Erect stems, often clumped. Important berry producer during the early summer months. Fruit eaten by bluebirds, cardinals, and tanagers. Foliage is used by browsers.

RED CHOKEBERRY (Aronia arbutifolia) Height: 6'-10', Spread: 3'-5'. Upright multistemmed shrub, somewhat open and rounded. Adaptable to many soil types . Full sun to half shade. Used in border and mass plantings. Fruit eaten by grouse, chickadees and other songbirds.

SWEET PEPPERBUSH (Clethra alnifolia) Height: 3'-8', Spread: 4'-6'. Oval, round topped, erect, dense leafy shrub. Transplant into moist, organic soils. Full sun or shade.

The above can be pruned into a tree shape. Or, if you'd rather have a fruit tree, consider dwarf apple or dwarf Santa Rosa Plum tree.

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