The Q&A Archives: Tree Help

Question: I want to plant a tree. This is what I am looking for: I want a shade tree, I don't want it to be over 40 ft also i do not want one where the roots mess up the ground.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Pink Dawn Chitalpa - X Chitalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn'
(Catalpa x Chilopsis) Very fast-growing, relatively small single or multi-trunked tree, reaches approximately 20 ft. x 20 ft. Very drought tolerant. Large clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers in summer are pale purplish-pink with pale yellow throat. Long, narrow, attractive, glossy green leaves. Adapted to Southern Calif. and low
desert climates of the southwestern U.S.

Linden (Tilia cordata is the Little-leaf linden, the most common in this area). Slow to moderate growth rate, forming a nice pyramidal tree. Pretty yellow fall color. Deep roots, no litter; good in lawns. No pruning required. Few pest problems.

Sycamore/Plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia, the London Plane tree, is most common). Very fast growth. Generally deep-rooted. High litter factor due to seed balls, bark, small branches and large leaves, but nothing squishy. Self-pruning (i.e., drops small interior branches, thinning itself). One of the best really fast-growing shade trees.

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Moderate growth rate, very upright. Generally deep-rooted; good in lawns. Low maintenance. Yellow fall color. Flowering magnolias are sometimes also called Tulip tree; these are much smaller, slow-growing flowering trees that need plenty of moisture, so choose Liriodendron rather than Magnolia.

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