Tree or shrub - Knowledgebase Question

Westerville, Oh
Question by lbroberg
March 24, 2010
I would like a recommendation on a tree or shrub to plant at my church in an alcove that faces south. The width of the space is about 8 feet. We don't want anything with a big root system since it is right by the building and sidewalk. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks! Lisa


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Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010

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Here are a couple of suggestions for the site you describe:
Sweet Shrub is a very beautiful small shrub that gets its name from is very sweet fragrance that emanated from the leaves of the plant. The fragrance is unique but people often describe it as a strawberry scent. The shrubs also have nice reddish flowers in summer. The shrub will grow to about 6-8 feet tall and will grow in either sun or shade.

Sweet Mock orange is an interesting shrub known for its sweet orange scent of the large white flowers in spring. This shrub grows to 10 feet tall by 10 feet wide but can be pruned to keep them smaller. These shrubs grow in full sun or shade. They are very hardy and adaptable plants.

dwarf burning bush. This dwarf has all the great color of burning bush but in a dwarf size growing only to 6-8 feet tall where standard may grow over 15 feet tall. Fall color is among the best red color in the plant kingdom. These plants grow well in either sun or shade.

Arrowwood viburnum is a very hardy and adaptable shrub that grows to 6-8 feet tall. These shrubs develop white flowers in spring and then are followed by blue berries that are very ornamental in fall. These shrubs grow in full sun or partial shade.

Hope one of these suggestions is just right!

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