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What tree for my garden?

Hi all, can anyone provide any advice on what tree would be suitable for my garden. I want to plant a tree in the corner in the picture between the wall and garage. It's south facing. I don't want it too tall, so a small tree that only goes a metre or 2 higher than the garage (about 8m).

I want its foliage to be quite narrow to for into the corner. I will be building raised decking around it. I would like a free where the foliage is toward the top half, deciduous with nice green leaves the will away and rustle in the wind. I'm mainly interested in summer round interest with green leaves. 

The soil is glay and I guess with decking and grarage it may need to be relatively resistant to dry spells. 

Any help much appreciated 😀


  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    Welcome to the forum @jarvo2735wcZtHtf
    Amelanchier lamarchii would look lovely in front of the wall. It can be grown as a shrub or small tree, grows to about 15ft, pretty flowers in spring, and lovely autumn colours. Happy to be pruned and likes sun or even part shade.  
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,040
    Amelanchier is beautiful in spring with copper coloured leaves and whitish blossom. In summer it is just green leaves that is when an underplanting of something else is good but be careful of tree roots. In Autumn the leaves turn to red and in winter you have a skeletal shape. Another possible is A Ballerina a more columnar form, yellow tints in Autumn before leaves fall. Amelanchier lamarchii can also be grown as a mulitstemmed shrub. Pruning will be necessary in the future to protect the wall.
    Building a garden is very personal. It's not quite the same as installing a boiler.
    James Alexander Sinclair 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    Another vote for Amelanchier, but you could consider Prunus Amanogawa.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,040
    I don't know anything about P Amanogawa will look it up. If it is grafted check the root stock before purchasing.
    Building a garden is very personal. It's not quite the same as installing a boiler.
    James Alexander Sinclair 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,943
    I had one in a front garden years ago, a good columnar shape. There may well be similar shaped trees available, "improved" varieties. 
  • Thank you wll
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,602
    Rather belatedly another vote for Amelianchier. Mine is growing as a tree (not multistemmed) and is higher than the eaves of the house now, but it's been there over 25 years. Looks lovely from my bedroom window on a spring morning! I've had a Prunus amanogawa for about the same length of time. It hasn't done so well but for many years it was really too close to a privet hedge (I was a beginner, this forum wasn't around, I didn't know any better :/).
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,968
    Either of those two will be ideal. Most Amelanchiers [there are several types] will be absolutely fine in terms of room, and the Amanagowa is more columnar so will cast less shade eventually.
    Personal choice really  :)
    Just make sure you give the Amelanchier enough room, especially if you choose a multi stemmed variety - don't plant it right into the corner where it would be a bit compromised in it's growth, and you won't get the best from it.

    It's not a good idea to plant too close to the wall anyway, as that always tends to be a drier spot. Good prep before planting is always beneficial, and correct staking, with plenty of water until well established, and a mulch to help retain moisture over the drier months    :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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