Orange tree versus myrtle tree : Please advice - Knowledgebase Question

Stanford, CA
Question by eunirodo
August 27, 2007

I want to plant a tree in front of my house and next to the driveway and I have a few questions regarding the two types that I am considering.

1) I would like to have a tree that doesn't lose the leaves in the winter. Which varieties of myrtle trees keep theirs leaves?

2) Which tree would need bigger root

Answer from NGA
August 27, 2007


If space is a concern, you might try a semi-dwarf orange tree, or an ornamental pear tree (which has an upright columnar growth habit but does not bear fruit). Both are evergreen trees. There is one semi-evergreen crape myrtle: Crape Myrtle ?Catawba? is one of the best purple flowering selections available. Displays large, long lasting clusters actually masses of dark purple crepe-like flowers in summer. Handsome foliage has bronzy cast in spring, bright green in summer, orange-red fall color. Mildew resistant. Moderate-growing to rounded dome 15 feet tall, 14 feet wide.

Hope this information helps you choose just the right tree for your landscape.

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