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Savannah, GA
Apr 10, 2018 4:17 PM CST

I am looking for recommendations for trees to plant in my front flower bed next to my house; something that will not get very tall or bushy and doesn't have very deep roots since it will be so close to my house.

Thank you!
Name: Porkpal
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Apr 10, 2018 5:07 PM CST
The only tree I have heard recommended for growing fairly near a foundation is Crape Myrtle. They come in various sizes.
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Apr 10, 2018 5:17 PM CST
porkpal said:The only tree I have heard recommended for growing fairly near a foundation is Crape Myrtle. They come in various sizes.

A Crape Myrtle would be A lovely tree, and in Georgia you will have many cultivars to choose from.
Carol H. Sandt

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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Apr 10, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Look at Fringe trees; Chionanthus retusus or C. virginicus.

Dogwood; Cornus florida or C. kousa.

Loquat is nice; Eriobotrya japonica.

My favorite is the Star Magnolia; Magnolia stellata.

If you can find a Prunus mume it would bloom during winter. Of course, since I live in Savannah, if you had this tree I would arrive in the dead of night with a shovel and steal it. The blossoms smell heavenly.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 10, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Greene, Did you get the Ume seeds to sprout?

For Ume' trees (Prunus mume), go to

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