Shade Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Temecula, CA
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Question by m8tron
August 5, 2002
I saw a tree that's about 20 to 25 ft tall with a crown that extends sideways with a diameter of about 15 to 20 ft. It looks like a beach umbrella with tiny leaves. I would like to plant one in my garden. Do you have any idea what tree that is?

Answer from NGA
August 5, 2002
There are so many umbrella shaped trees, that it would be difficult to know which one you saw. Here are a few of the more popular weeping (umbrella shaped) trees:

BETULA PENDULA TRISTIS A graceful form of silver birch with steeply drooping branches; youngii is smaller, more compact and slow-growing.

BUXUS SEMPERVIRENS PENDULA A good weeping form of the common box.

CARAGANA ARBORESCEN PENDULA An attractive small weeping tree with yellow pea-shaped flowers and fernlike leaves.

CRATAEGUS MONOGYNA PENDULA A weeping hawthorn; pendula rosea has pink flowers.

FAGUS SYLVATICA PENDULA The weeping beech, making a big tree; purpureopendula is a weeping form of the purple beech.

FRAXINUS EXCELSIOR PENDULA The well-known weeping ash.

GLEDITSCHIA TRIACANTHOS A honey-locust with pendulous branches.

ILEX AQUIFOLIUM ARGENTEOMARGINATA PENDULA Perry's silver weeping holly; lots of berries.

LABURNUM ANAGYROIDES PENDULUM A gracefully weeping laburnum.

MALUS The following crab-apples have pendulous branches: M. floribunda' `Excellens Thiel', a small tree with crimson buds and pink flowers, floriferous but no fruit; M. prunifolia pendula, the weeping Siberian crab, with numerous small, scarlet, persistent fruit; M. pumila pendula `Elise Ratlike', a weeping form of the native crab.

MORUS ALBA PENDULA The weeping white mulberry is a small tree with perpendicular branches, the fruit is insignificant.

PRUNUS PERSICA'Windle Weeping' A weeping peach with double pink flowers; P. subhirtella pendula, the weeping spring cherry, has very numerous pale pink flowers; in pendula rubra they are deeper colored. P. yedoensis perpendens is a very pendulous form of the early

Yoshino cherry. PYRUS SALICIFOLIA PENDULA A very pendulous form of the silver willowleaved pear,

SALIX ALBA TRISTIS The now common weeping willow, eventually making a large tree.

SOPHORA JAPONICA PENDULA A small tree with slender branchlets falling perpendicularly.

SORBUS-ARIA A weeping form of the whitebeam. S. aucuparia pendula, a weeping form of the rowan. Both are small trees.

TILIA PETIOLARIS The weeping silver lime is a magnificent tree with a silvery sheen on the underside of the large leaves.

Hope this information is helpful!

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