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Question: what large trees can I plant near my concrete patio for shade but will not damage it.

Answer: Fruitless olive trees are slow growing to about 25-30'. These trees are drought resistant, and grow in shallow, alkaline soils with little fertilization. They have shallow roots which are not considered invasive. Majestic Beauty has an open, airy canopy so will provide filtered but not dense shade. To keep it healthy, avoid overwatering and provide good drainage. Fruitless olive trees thrive in hot, dry summers. Others to consider include:
Columnar Norway Maple (Acer Platanoides ?Columnare?), Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova Serrata), Norway Maple (Acer Platanoides), Red Maple (Acer Rubrum), Bur Oak (Quercus Macrocarpa), Columnar English Oak (Celtis Occidentalis), Kentucky Coffee Tree (Cymnocladus Diocius), Red Oak (Quercus Rubra), Sycamore Maple (Acer Pseudoplatanus),
Thornless Honey Locust (Glenditsia Triacanthos Inermis), Crimson King Maple (Acer Platanoides ?Crimson King?), Hedge Maple (Acer Campestre), Little Leaf Linden (Tilia Cordata), Redmond Linden (Tila Euchlora ?Redmond?), Bradford Pear (Pyrus Callyerana ?Bradford?), Golden Rain Tree (Koelreuteria Paniculata), Japanese Pagoda Tree (Sophora Japonica), Marshall Seedless Ash (Fraxinus Pennsylvanica Lanceolata ?Marshall Seddless?), Bechtel Crabapple (Malus Ioensis ?Klehms
Improved?), Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis), Flowering Plum (Prunus Cerasifera), Kwansan Cherry (Prunus Serrulata), Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus Phaenopyrum).

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