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See through trees recommendations?


I am looking for possibilities for a tree that isn't dense but instead is reasonably see through, only making dappled shade. Silver birch is a good example which I already have elsewhere but it is too near a house to plant one of those. I can think of Amelanchier and some Sorbus (rowan) as I already have a young one of each of those but would like some more suggestions. Max height probably 4-6m but would consider from about 2m upwards.

It would be in full sun, soil is loam over clay, no drainage problems though, Gloucestershire, urban but a bit exposed because the wind comes over a large playing field.

Another option is pruning something to keep it thin enough (I enjoy pruning).

Any suggestions for other trees for me to consider?


  • Magnolia 

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

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,691
    edited February 2023
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,870
    Cercis, the Judas tree. Different coloured leaves depending on variety and pretty pink flowers growing from the bark.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Azara serrata Everygreen and flowers in late winter early spring. Can be pruned back.
  • Tamarix ramosissima can be grown as a small tree but seems to have a more shrub like habit in the one I have growing. I have seen it growing as a tree but not sure if it was another variety. The feathery leaves are fairly see-through and it has some flowers in the early summer. I have a white flowered variety but here is an information page about a pink flowered variety.
    Happy gardening!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,905
    I'd always use Amelanchier or Sorbus [mountain ash not whitebeam] as they suit my conditions, but bear in mind that shrubs like Elder can also be grown as small trees.  :)
    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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