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I'm going slightly mental here. My neighbour cut down the beautiful cherry tree in his front garden and I know this is going to sound really selfish and totally childish but I loved that tree! It was so beautiful all year round. And I cried when it was being cut down??!!?? I've NEVER cried over a tree before. I have a little plot out the front 8 x 2 feet by 6 x 7 feet that has an overgrown rosemary in it and it gets full sun in the summer. I wanted to maybe remove the rosemary and plant a tree that grows to be tall, around 20ft? and that is quite broad at the top so that it offers up some shade from the sun which is beautiful, but I have to close my blind to be able to sit in that room. I have tried Google etc but I'm just confused now. I was thinking of another fruit tree of some sort? The trunk musn't be too thick when fully grow to avoid coming into contact with the wall and also my other neighbours will be concerned about the roots etc. All of our gardens are open, without fences so we do cut each others grass etc etc (no rota or anything we just cut the grass as and when needed so nice neighbours. I'm sorry about my inane blitherings but hope someone can help? Thank you so much. Marian.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,425

    How far from the house is it going to be?

    I was going to suggest an Amanogawa flowering cherry, which is columnar, but I wouldn't plant within 20 feet of the house walls.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    In all honesty the plot measurements you give make it too small for any tree, beyond a shrub.  Even if you plant as far away from the house as possible you say that is only 8ft.  Too close for safety's sake.

    Have to say a tree will be in the way of the mowing anyway.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ive got 7 apple trees and lots of other weird and wonderfull ones in the garden around my 2bed semi- a little excessive, i know.

    You could easily get a pear tree in there, i think the one i have in the front garden is commice, i could be wrong.

    The blossom is stunning in spring and then you have the bonus of fruit later in the year, its habit is nice too, its quite neat- a bit like an upside down triangle, it gets pruned once a year. I couldnt reccomend it highly enough! image
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  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Ashridge trees are a good site. image
  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    i'd choose a dwarf cherry or apple

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Hi Forg,here is a small guide to help, if you look there is lots of help on line,also remember to look out for any services coming into your property and give em a wide berth. 

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    or an obelisk with trachelospermum and a clematis or rose?

  • Thank you all for your responses. I've been having trouble with replying the mobile site has been playing up!!
  • I was thinking of a crab apple or a pear? What I need is for the trunk to be quite tall with no branches near the bottom and overhead shade. I've seen loads of trees like this in places like London where the trunk is about 2-3 feet away from the wall? Maybe the foundations of those buildings are stronger though than the modern house I live in (built in the mid 80's). Think I might just need to stick with having the blind down all the time lol!! Would a palm tree work or do they get too tall? I'm looking at all your answers though and going to hunt around for a possible solution. Thank you all so much again. Keep the suggestions coming re planting and any problems I would encounter because obviously I'm a novice and you good people are my only hope!!!
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