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Can you recommend a tree with upright habit?

i want to plant a tree to screen a lampost just the other side of the fence down the end of the garden. (Car park on that side) looking for a tree that will continue to grow more upright or slim oval shape as the wild plum we have inherited gets quite battered by taller vehicles on that side as it grows more horizontally. Many thanks ps thinking poss yew or cypress skyrocket style too? 


  • Prunus amanogawa? Upright cherry tree. It could get too tall for you though. Amelanchier obelisk is a smaller option but that might be too small.

    I have a few yews and they're pretty slow growing.

  • Many thanks Autumnglory for the recommendation.  I will look that up.  I perhaps should have said it is a smallish lamppost of around 12 ft approx.

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Have you thought about growing a Wintersweet, Chimonanthus Praecox. It can be grown and trained early on as an upright multi-stemmed tree. Quite adaptable on soils as long as it doesn't dry out and in winter the interest of scented pale yellow flowers extends the season for you and also mask a bit of the lampost during the leafless months. Will grow to 15 ft eventually if planted close to a wall as it sounds like you are suggesting that kind of planting position. The width is no more than a small upright tree. I think that is more ideal than another tree.

  • TesniTesni Posts: 163

    How about Thuja Emerald (T. Occidentalis Smaragd)? It's a low-maintenance evergreen conifer that usually reaches 12-14' tall.

    I like its thin, conical shape.

  • Thankyou all for your advice. Will look these up and let you know how I get on. 

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