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New Small Tree In Pot

Hi experts

I have just finished my new North facing drive with flag stones and want a small potted nice looking tree, about 6-8' tall max in a large pot. it will be close to the house so get very little sun light. I want to be easy-ish to manage but i dont mind maintenance...
I like magnolias but im always disappointed with the short flowering does not have to be a tree...



  • RubyRossRubyRoss Dublin, IrelandPosts: 65
    I'm growing mountain pepper/drimys aromatica in shade. It's an evergreen shrub and easy to maintain at a desired size.
  • An acer would be perfect  :)
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 5,710
    An Acer wuld be nice, are you looking for something that IS 6-8 or would end up that size, because an Acer that big would cost you a fortune
  • ForTheBeesForTheBees Posts: 168
    edited August 2018
    Correct me if I'm wrong, aren't the shade tolerant acers the green ones? Whereas the showy reds/colour changers a bit more demanding for sun?
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 113

    8  foot max as i dont want to big pot, would 60 l be big enough for this??. Id like to buy a perfect size tree but i suppose ill have to let it grow as they do seem pretty pricey...
    I would rather some colour and maybe some flowers rather than green
  • B3B3 Posts: 17,608
    Acers are very thirsty plants. I have eventually had to put them in the ground well before they got to 8ft.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 113
    How about an Acer Platanum Ukigumo??
    How yould this go in the shade?
  • Forthebees, Acers are Japanese woodland plants, they prefer shade, its an old wives tale the darker/red ones prefer more sun, my garden faces NE, but being a bungalow and unoverlooked has plenty of sun, lost a very deep red Acer this last summer.We had them in the round at our last houses which was west facing, then they reached 10 feet very quickly.6-8 foot is huge, the pot will also have to be huge, what about a Silver/white./paper Birch, pretty stem colour,catkins
  • Rich BRich B Posts: 113
    How tall and old will a tree in a 3 litre pot be when i buy it?
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