native trees to plant in baltimore - Knowledgebase Question

Baltimore, Ma
Question by laxazva
April 17, 2009
hi, what flowering (fruit?) tree can you recommend for a tiny rowhouse back-yard patio in downtown Baltimore, that will stand up to city air and not too much sun and very small trunk space?
thank you

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2009


Some small natives for your area include:
SHADBUSH OR SERVICEBERRY (Amelanchier canadensis) Height: 6'-20', Spread: 10'. Erect stems, often clumped. Important berry producer during the early summer months. Fruit eaten by bluebirds, cardinals, and tanagers. Foliage is used by browsers.

RED CHOKEBERRY (Aronia arbutifolia) Height: 6'-10', Spread: 3'-5'. Upright multistemmed shrub, somewhat open and rounded. Adaptable to many soil types . Full sun to half shade. Used in border and mass plantings. Fruit eaten by grouse, chickadees and other songbirds.

SWEET PEPPERBUSH (Clethra alnifolia) Height: 3'-8', Spread: 4'-6'. Oval, round topped, erect, dense leafy shrub. Transplant into moist, organic soils. Full sun or shade.

The above can be pruned into a tree shape. Or, if you'd rather have a fruit tree, consider dwarf apple or dwarf Santa Rosa Plum tree.

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