Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Minnetonka, MN
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Question by pollitz00
May 17, 2006
I was wondering what type of ornamental trees I can plant close to my home. I have space to plant a tree 4-5 feet from the house on one corner. I also want to plant one in between my kids bedroom windows that our in front of the house. Again I can plant the tree about 4-5 feet from the house. There is about 10-12 feet between their windows. Thank you so much. Great Web Site you have!!!


Answer from NGA
May 17, 2006
Glad you like the website! Generally speaking, even small trees will be far too large to be planted that close to your house. Trees send their roots out at least wide if not wider than their branches, and they need ample room to grow and mature. A possible exception might be one of the smaller cultivars of crab apple. They do need full sun to grow and bloom well. A medium or large shrub would probably be a better choice. The Hydrangea paniculata or PeeGee hydrangea can be maintained as a multistemmed shrub form or it can be trained like a small multi-trunked "tree". It can be pruned if required to direct its shape or control size, but should mature to a manageable size in that spot. Pruning of this type of hydrangea is done in early spring as it is a summer bloomer and blooms on new growth. This hydrangea is very winter hardy and should do well in your zone; it does best in a sunny location or in half day sun. Best wishes with your landscape!

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