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Tree suitable for potting

Can anyone suggest a small tree or shrub suitable for a container for a North East facing corner of my house in Edinburgh. It needs to be hardy, suitable for shade and be able to withstand wind. Ideal height 1.5 meter. Thank you!


  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    edited April 2020
    Acer Palmatum 'Orange Dream'

    Not my tree below, but I had one in a large pot for years (and it always looked healthiest in shade) I finally planted it into the ground 3 weeks a go in a shady border.

    Leaves are orange in spring, green in summer and yellow in autumn. 
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    Hexagon said:
    I was going to suggest an acer palmatum of some kind but I thought they didn't like windy positions and need somewhere sheltered.
    You're right, I didn't see the wind part. 

    Wind kills them really fast so ignore my original suggestion. How big is the pot?
  • I haven’t bought the pot yet, i’m forward planning!
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    Birch look nice in pots and they usually stay smaller. Plenty variations to choose from with interesting bark. Most do ok in shade. 

    You'd still need a very large pot. 

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