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Name: Will Currie
Hoke co NC (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Sep 27, 2018 7:21 PM CST
I lost the dogwood that grew near the power line in front during Florence. I don't want to plant another dogwood there because I had blight issues with the previous one. I already have enough crepe myrtles.

I'm in zone 8a with neutral, well draining somewhat sandy soil. The area is full southern sun next to the road and gets hot as blue blazes in the summer. Must be tolerant of both high humidity and occasional drought. The area is totally exposed to the wind. The tree can't grow so tall that it will pose a threat to the power line. I'd prefer a flowering tree, fruit would be a welcome bonus but isn't required. I think a conifer would look out of place in that location.
I can't think of anything that fits all of those parameters, any suggestions out there?
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Sep 27, 2018 7:51 PM CST

I am so sorry about your loss due to Florence. So much sadness and loss, as well as horror stories (think overflowing food-animal sewage lagoons) have come from North Carolina because of Florence.

You might consider a Franklin tree (Franklinia) if you like more exotic and potentially fussy trees. It produces pretty white flowers in August. I have one that is completely happy, but I understand that happiness depends heavily on location, so if you want one you should research that aspect of Franklinia.
Ben Franklin Tree (Franklinia alatamaha)

But my favorite for a dependable workhorse tree that is beautiful in form and foliage color would be a Japanese maple. There are many cultivars, but my experience is entirely with the cultivar Bloodgood.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood')

I also have and love two Sweetbay magnolias, which produce lovely white flowers with a heavenly citrus-like fragrance in spring and intermittently in summer.
Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Henry Hicks')

Best wishes to you as you recover from Florence.
Carol H. Sandt

“I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” — Fourth grader quoted in “Last Child in the Woods” by Richard Louv.
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Region: Texas
Sep 27, 2018 8:52 PM CST
See if Texas Redbud, Oklahoma Redbud or Oklahoma Whitebud will work for you.
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