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hmc184hmc184 Posts: 3
Hi All,
Im relatively new to gardening so need a little help please, we've just installed a new stone driveway, approx 120 metres long, I am thinking of cherry trees on each side but dont know how this will affect the stone driveway.
Will it leave it very dirty? does anyone have a stoned driveway and cherry blossom trees with some advice please?

Many thanks,



  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 920
    edited April 2020
    You will get leaves and blossom falling onto the drive but a regular sweep will easily tidy these up.
    Most ornamental cherries don’t bear a lot of fruit and what they do tends to get eaten by birds so wouldn’t expect any mess to really collect on the drive.
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  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited April 2020
    When you say stone I assume you mean loose stones as 120m is a very long drive to pave.
    Just invest in a good leaf blower and perhaps a pressure washer as any drive will grow weeds over time. You can rake loose gravel from time to time to get rid of weeds.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,399
    Cherry trees tend to root near the surface and can lift paving slabs as their roots thicken. If they're a small variety this will be less of a problem, and if your drive is gravel or chippings, it's not a problem at all.

    There are other blossoming trees you could go for. But cherries are lovely admittedly.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,543
    I'd love an avenue of Liquidambar. The stunning autumn leaf colour lasts longer than cherry blossom
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Love liquidamber but don't they make huge trees eventually? I do have a slim version that gets no wider than 1m x 16m but it does look weird so have kept it lollipop like.
  • hmc184hmc184 Posts: 3
    Thanks so much for all the advice, Im a newbie so this is very helpful!
    Yes its a long driveway with stone chippings so a leaf blower is a definite investment then! I'll look into other blossoming trees.

    Thanks again,
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 237
    Sounds to me like you have a perfect opportunity for my dream combo - laburnum and purple allium:

    (Not my photos)
  • hmc184hmc184 Posts: 3
    oh stunning!! if i can just a little slice of that look it will be fab, thanks
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