Tree suitable for front garden

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  1. Lee Savage

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    Hi,

    I’m looking to plant a tree in the front garden tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about getting a Katsura tree.

    Any other possibilities before I go get one tomorrow?

    No real preference but a bit of colour and if it can help wildlife then all the better.

    Thanks
     
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    • Mike77

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      Nice apple or plum tree. The bees will love the blossom and you'll get some fruit.
       
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        There's a lot of choice, much depends on how big is your garden.

        Ours is quite small and we've this acer, it's about fifteen feet tall, so quite dominant, but I chop about six inches to a foot off it every year.
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        For a small garden something like this sorbus might be suitable. Difficult to see here as ours is in the corner of the back garden. It's only grown about four or five feet in fifteen years. It has attractive leaves, pink flowers followed by red berries.


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          Lee, have you checked what kind of soil you will be planting in? It would need to be acidic to neutral to grow any of the maples.
           
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            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            Prunus?
            Sorbus?:smile:
             
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            • Lee Savage

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              Hi everyone.

              Thank you for the advice.

              Tetters - I haven’t yet tested the soil but will put that as my first thing on my list tomorrow morning.

              Do we think in general a fruit tree would be better??
               
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                Correct! Mitigating circumstances, I'm on my third Peroni, I've edited it.

                "I have got it right in a previous post I've made."
                 
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                  It would be worth checking out the Malus (crab apple) varieties. They are very ornamental, and the birds love them.
                   
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                      :sign0016: @Lee Savage to GC and nice to see you adding a discussion already and getting great advice from members :thumbsup:

                      Ornamental Cherry Tree (Prunus Autumnalis Rosea)....looks nice if your going for a fruit tree :)

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                      • Lee Savage

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                        Thank you all again. I will be going to the garden centre with plenty of ideas.
                         
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                        Hi everyone,

                        Just by way of update I have gone for a Sorbus pink pagoda. Hopefully get it planted in the next couple of days
                         
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                          Sorbus pink pagoda will also enjoy acid to neutral soil. Hope it does well for you :)
                           
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