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Evergreen tree in a pot

New to the forum - could I grow a Contoneaster Hybridus Pendulus tree in a pot do you think?   This was one of the trees suggested in a google search.  Any other suggestions? specifically evergreen.   Thanks


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,751
    Yes, I think it would make a good pot specimen, as long as you realise that trees in pots need lots of care.
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  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    I grew two Irish (fastigiate) yews in pots for about a decade. Rehomed them when they got to about 8 foot tall.
    Currently growing Pittosporum tobira in a pot. Has the most gloriously scented flowers but is not reliably hardy, hence the pot. Wish I could photograph the scent.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,024
    Decide what you’re going to grow then ask on here about the type and size of pot and the sort of compost. Ordinary multipurpose compost will not do. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,242
    Your location will be a factor in deciding what will thrive @brenmar383YY7Tj7TN . If you can give us some info about that, and whereabouts in your plot you want to plant - ie the aspect/direction, and also whether it's exposed or sheltered, that will help with advice and suggestions.

    Some plants are hardy - some aren't.  :)
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    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks for the replies.

    Fairygirl - I see you're in west central scotland - me too! 

    The position would be in a fairly open courtyard between two buildings and I want to place the pot in a corner (south and east facing walls) which gets some sunlight at different times of the day - mostly evening.  Can be a bit windy at times!  I hope this cotoneaster would be ok there.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,242
    Sorry-  I didn't see your reply. It'll be fine as long as you can ensure it has a big enough pot -and that will depend on the size of plant you have. It'll also need suitable soil to grow in - not just compost, as that isn't adequate for long term planting.
    The watering is also very important, as already mentioned, as you can't rely on what comes out of the sky. Evergreens have a dense canopy all year round, so rainfall has to be persistent to get through that, which means it's harder to keep them happy in drier spells- and even here, that means giving them enough attention in summer  :)

    There aren't loads of other evergreen alternatives, although there are plenty of large shrubs which might suit. It depends on what you want to achieve - the look you like etc  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I have a very large pot - deep and wide so I think it would be ok in that.  My kitchen is slightly raised from ground level so I was looking for a plant/tree that would be tall enough to be able to see through the window - at least the top half of it !! 
    Thanks again
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