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Sive
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject: Your Favourite Tree ? Reply with quote

If you were about to plant a "feature" tree, what would you plant ?? I'm not restricted by space, and would love some ideas.
I had planted a larch....a tree I adore, but it was struggling, as if some disease was affecting it ( is there one ? ) and I've taken the decision to move it and plant something else.
I have an open mind....evergreen or deciduous, but it must be pleasing to the eye in its form. And no pink cherry-blossom type ideas please...I'm in open countryside, so I need a tree that looks at home here.....and the soil is more or less neutral.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I could only plant one tree and space was not a problem I would choose Liquidambar styraciflua
Interesting leaf and excellent autumn color,
Ok if i had a second choice Liriodendron tulipifera, unusual flowers interesting leaf.
Can I have a third choice paulownia tomentosa
and finally Davidia involucrata. I'll stop there. oh to have space for these.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Greengage, I've made a list of those and will start to research them. There's nothing like planting a tree to remind me of how little time ( in tree terms ) we golden oldies have left on earth !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one tree - gosh where do you start? I agree with greengage, especially about the Liquidambar, a beautiful tree. But I note you said you were in open country. Perhaps a native Rowan or another variety of Sorbus aucuparia, tough as old boots, blossom, (small, hardy flowers not soggy confetti!) berries and autumn colour. Or a Birch, Betula utilis 'Jacquemontii', quite fast-growing, lovely bark and a nice outline in winter.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my favourite is The Judas Tree Cercis seliquistrum
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evergreen: Drimys Lanceolata.

Deciduous: Weeping Willow.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evergreen: Pinus sylvestris

Deciduous: Crataegus monogyna
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CERCIDIPHYLLUM JAPONICUM....beautiful leaves, and autumn colour.
PARROTIA PERSICA....again leaves and colour.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you to everyone for all the suggestions.......I'm having great fun researching all these trees and am already thinking of other spots in the garden that could take an eye-catching specimen or two.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be careful, Sive, or you'll end up with an Arboretum! Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: favourite tree for Sive. Reply with quote

I have ash, hawthorn, eucalyptus, victoria plum, mulberry, turkey fig, yew, cypress, potugeuse laurel, cordyline and a silver birch and the birch wins hands down for multiple reasons.. not least what light does to it and it does to light as i think can be seen in the photo.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love oak trees.I have about four really huge old ones in the garden.They are easily fifty+ feet tall and nearly same circumference.
In evergreens its also oaks --I have Holm (or Holly) oaks that I planted when they were a foot tall(about 6 years ago) and now are reaching fifteen feet.
I love all the trees in my garden but oaks are my favourite.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with you Katana, it is hard to better an oak tree...I already have planted several and they are already fine strong young trees.....after only four years. I even have three I grew from acorns !
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sive,

My favourite trees are very ordinary and can be found everywhere, Silver Birch, White Beam and the Copper Beech.

When I was working with our local Residents Association, I got a gift of 12 Acers with different foliage and planted them in a grass verge in a row and it is a lovely sight to turn a corner and see the different colours.

We planted over 180 Silver Birch Trees around our little estate and they are all very well established, and they make a great rustling sound when there is a breeze.

I would love to have the space to grow lots of different specimen trees.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello! There is indeed a disease infecting Larches; Phytopthera ramorum. It attacks the root system. My best friend is busily clearfelling entire plantations of Larch in Wales to try to control the spread of the spores.

If I were to plant one tree as a "specimen/feature" tree, I'd go for Morus nigra. Not too many around, but they are very long lived, and there is the promise of mulberry clafoutis in the summer.

If I was more interested in flowers, or autumn colour, I'd grow Cercis siliquatrum, Liriodendron tulipfera, and Quercus coccinea.
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