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Name: Jordan
Alabama (Zone 8a)
May 1, 2018 6:36 PM CST
I am looking for a unique tree for my front yard: zone 8A, full sun. Should be about medium size. 25-30 ft. I just want something different from your typical dogwood, maple, etc that is around every corner, since it will be the only one in my yard. Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks! Smiling
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Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Roses Zinnias Region: Missouri Cat Lover Dog Lover Bookworm
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: United States of America Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
May 1, 2018 7:10 PM CST
Here's a good link to trees native to Alabama. Talks about what's overused, what will cause problems and what could work for you.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Keeps Horses I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Plant Identifier Raises cows Roses Farmer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 1, 2018 7:54 PM CST
Looks to be a great site but acted very odd when I tried to view it...?
Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
You can't have too many viburnums..
Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Farmer Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
May 1, 2018 9:36 PM CST
You need a Firmiana simplex. Or an Idesia polycarpa - er, make that two (a male and a female) since they are dioecious.

There are hundreds of Ilex species - Holly trees - that no one in your neighborhood has. Ditto to big Viburnum species.

Or did you want to narrow down the kind of plant you are really looking for...
Name: Jordan
Alabama (Zone 8a)
May 2, 2018 10:11 AM CST
Thanks! I will take a look at these. Not looking for anything specific, just something different and good for full sun.
Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
Near Seattle
Bookworm Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Plays in the sandbox Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter
Winter Sowing
May 10, 2018 4:06 PM CST
what fun-let us know what you decide, hopefully with photos...

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