I need a tree - Knowledgebase Question

Simpsonville, So
Question by husegloria
January 5, 2010
We just removed a 12 year old Bradford Pear from our front yard. Need I say more;messy, split...We are looking to put up a fast growing yet non messy tree as it is near our driveway. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
January 5, 2010


Most flowering trees produce litter so you may want to confine your selection to an evergreen or a non-flowering deciduous tree. With that said, below is a list of trees that grow well in South Carolina, from South Carolina extension service:

Cherry, Kwanzan, Colorful double pink flowers; Crabapple, Flowering , Deciduous Apples in late summer can be messy, white, pink, or red flowers; Crapemyrtle, Fast growing, Deciduous, Multitrunked with white, pink, purple, or red flowers; Dogwood, Deciduous, large white blooms, red berries; Golden Raintree, Deciduous, showy yellow flowers; American Holly, Evergreen, Berries on female plants, spiny dark green leaves (suggested varieties - Holly, Foster 'Hume #2', 'Savannah', and 'Foster #2'); Japanes Maple, Deciduous, color may be green to purple; Pissard Plum, Deciduous, reddish purple foliage and light pink flowers; Redbud, Eastern, deciduous, small purple flowers, drought resistant; Sweetbay, evergreen with thick green leaves and fragrant white flowers; Waxmyrtle, evergreen.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your landscape.

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