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Mar 19, 2021 1:35 AM CST
Lebanon
Hi,

I have built a beautiful house (Lebanese Style) but it has been very difficult to choose the trees that suit the frontyard. the altitude is 620 meters and the temperature range is 10-33 C with an average of 22 C. Soil is red acidic. The issue is that the front yard is very windy and I want small trees in it since the view is beautiful and I don't want to block it. I like fragrant or flowering small trees and I am wondering what recommendations you could have that suit the style of the house

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Mar 19, 2021 2:41 AM CST

Oleader (Nerium oleander) is an obvious candidate: just remember it needs regular pruning to avoid becoming unsightly and to keep blooming like it's supposed to. It's also very toxic if ingested.
Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) is a personal favorite of mine for hot sites and to keep watering to acceptable levels. It's doesn't like heavy pruning.
Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) is a dramatic looking plant but be warned frost will kill it: if your area has risks of frost look for very similar but hardier C. subulatus.

If you want to try a different thing, try combining Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and Globe thistle (Echinops ritro). It's a highly dramatic and extremely hardy combination since it will do the better the lesser care you give them. Very very attractive to bees and bumblebees to boot. It only requires very heavy pruning in the Spring. Never fertilize and it will do great.
The Saviour.
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Mar 19, 2021 6:47 AM CST
Lebanon
Thanks . Very interesting indeed. Spanish broom and oleander suit my taste very well. What about small trees like saucer magnolia? does saucer magnolia survive under these conditions? are there other similar trees that can survive this environment?
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Mar 19, 2021 7:27 AM CST
California (Zone 9b)
Yes Saucer Magnolias would work there as long as they don't dry out. You could try Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica), any Redbud (Cercis), Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans - species name says it all), Mock Orange (Pittosporum tobira), India Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica - especially Majestic Beauty if you can find it). Your climate is very similar to mine. I will look around the campus and see if I can come up with any more.
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Mar 20, 2021 3:46 AM CST
Lebanon
I have been told today locally that Nerium oleander can cause lots of fallen flowers and leaves which is not suitable to a frontyard. Is this true? if so, are there cleaner recommendations that are similar to Nerium Oleander?
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Mar 20, 2021 6:13 AM CST
California (Zone 9b)
Anything that flowers much is going to be just as messy.
You could use something like Photinia x fraseri which blooms in the Spring and then has new growth that is bright red all summer long. Color most of the year and flowers only in the Spring.
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Mar 21, 2021 12:14 AM CST

If it's a windy location, you are going to have to deal with leaves and all sorts of residues regardless of what you plant, trust me on that. Budget a good leafblower... or a lot of time with a broom in hand.

There's also the issue of watering: windy sites mean trees can and will dessicate rapidly, especially when not fully established yet. Do you also need a low watering needs plant?
The Saviour.
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Mar 27, 2021 9:30 AM CST
Lebanon
sorry . I overlooked to reply on time. Water is not an issue at all.
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