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Can anyone suggest an ornamental tree to plant as a specimen in a fairly large front lawn. It will be in full sun for most of the day.



Amelanchier lamarckii; not exactly a tree, gets up to 13 feet usually with more than one "trunk", blossom, bright red leaves in autumn

9 Mar, 2010


Betula jaquemontii. A birch with pure white bark. Try a multi-stemmed plant and surround with Ophiopogon planescapens nigrescens (!sorry) a black leaved 'grass' ( a lily member actually). They have it like this in the winter garden at Wakehurst place. Or Prunus serrula. This has lovely shiny mahogany coloured bark that peels. Mine always gets comments. Don't go for a pink cherry as their period of interest is only 2 weeks.

9 Mar, 2010


then there is the magnolia and many of the sorbus species [rowan, whitebeam etc flowers and berries]

9 Mar, 2010


Don't plant a flowering cherry as after a few years, the roots come to the surface and make mowing difficult

9 Mar, 2010


Agree with Andrew - not to mention the sucker growth...

10 Mar, 2010


Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum).

14 Mar, 2010

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