I am looking for a small decorative tree for my garden. It will be positioned inside the lawn area about a meter form the wall. It’s size should be 3-5 meters tall and about 2 meters wide. Any option other than cypress tree?
Have a look at the Beechgrove garden programme from BBC Scotland they are running a trial where all the presenters have suggested a small tree & they are growing & comparing. Last cople of weeks should be on iplayer. Alemanchier Lamanckii is one that often comes up as a good one.
I would suggest you do not plant a tree in the lawn. It will drive the person who does the mowing to distraction. Plant it in a border if you can.
what type of soil,aspect, how much sun?
Apart from a juniper Sky Rocket, you may want to look at some of the columnar cherry trees. I don't think they get too high.
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Nanny Beach says:what type of soil,aspect, how much sun?
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I am not sure what type of soil. Before I had in this place a Californian Lilac and was doing well. The position is east facing behind a 1.5 meters wall. It gets sun from early morning until mid-day and a bit more sun for an hour in the afternoon. I would like to place it about 1 meter from the wall so I can use the lawnmower around the tree and the wall is not damaged from the routes.
You may as well cut the turf out where the tree is planted (e.g. in a semicircle) and either mulch or plant the soil. Mowing right up to the stem is awkward and liable to damage the tree.
Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' is an upright flowering 'tree' that might do. If you want a conifer type of thing, Taxus 'Fastigiata' or 'Fastigiata Aurea' for sure. Unlike most conifers you can prune them and trim them.
What happened to the Californian lilac then?