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Small tree ideas for memorial

Hi, I would like to plant a small tree in memory of my mum. I have 2 location options, 1 is planting it in a 3ft square patch of soil in a shady north facing driveway where a large Bush once was, it's a couple metres from the house so nothing that would harm the drive or grow too big, it would be good to use as a slight privacy screen too. 
My second location option is along a metre wide border next to a boundary fence on the east side of a south facing garden (good afternoon sun). I love weeping trees and lots of flowers, white or pink if possible, cherry blossom or weeping standard rose were some ideas I had, whatever I get it will be very special to me so I need to make the right decision, any suggestions or guidance would be appreciated.
Thanks for listening (if you've stuck it out this far) 😊😊


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,437
    Hello and welcome to the forum  :)
    That is a lovely idea to plant a tree in your mum's memory.  My usual suggestion for a tree is Amelanchier. This will give you blossom in the Spring, berries for the birds in the summer and good autumn leaf colour . Some info here
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,945
    That Amelanchier grows extremely big and prefers full sun,  I don’t think a metre from a fence gives it enough room,  mine are huge now after only a few years. At their minimum they’re 4Mts wide, then more. 
     I wonder if a Rowan would be better.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,437
    Fair point @Lyn :)  What about Prunus incisa "Kojo no mai" ?
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,053
    I have several beautiful, compact weeping ornamental cherries so that may be a good option, but sorry, don’t know the cultivar as I inherited them with the garden. I have just planted a Malus Evereste crab apple for it’s spring blossom and lovely ornamental fruit... plus you can make crab apple jelly.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Thanks for taking the time to comment, I think maybe something with fruit or berries might not be suitable, we have greedy dogs that might eat them and if it were to go outside the front it would be on route to the front door where they are likely to drop and I wouldn't want the kids traipsing them into the porch 🤔
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,944
    Amelanchier berries are eaten so quickly by the blackbirds they don’t have time to drop 😆 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • AnniD said:
    Fair point @Lyn :)  What about Prunus incisa "Kojo no mai" ?
    This looks very beautiful and could work in the garden 😊
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