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Hi:<br><br><br><br>
Our front yard is bare and we need to plant a tree. It's west facing so we get blasted with the hot sun. We want a tree that will have a good canopy for shade for the lawn. Tall enough to block the front bay window and low maintenance. (asking for low maintenance because we have a big oak in the backyard, and it's a lot of work with the acorns and big leaves)<br><br>
Not into spraying, etc. Also, prefer something with easy fall cleanup. We are in zone 5. The soil has good drainage.<br><br><br><br>
Any suggestion out there? Thanks.
 

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A maple tree may be a good idea. Maple trees provide a lot of shade and are <span>gorgeous</span> <span style="color:#FFA500;">in</span> <span>the</span> <span style="color:#FF0000;">autumn.</span> Plus you can tap them for mape syrup in the spring. You may have to rake a lot of leaves in the autumn, though.
 

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I'm really enjoying the Honey Locust tree, a fast growing, drought tolerant tree with small leaves. It may eventually produce edible pods which you might need to rake or pick up. We planted one about five years ago and it's 12 - 15 feet tall now, but would probably be much taller if we had watered it regularly. I've since planted several more.<br><br><br><br>
Make sure to get the thornless cultivar. Some may also be podless.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/gleditsia/triacanthos.htm" target="_blank">http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics...riacanthos.htm</a><br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8e/8e25fca8_vbattach4578.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8e/525x525px-LL-8e25fca8_vbattach4578.jpeg" style="width:232px;height:324px;"></a>
 

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You need to talk to a good nursery near you. They'll be able to tell you what trees will do well in your climate.<br><br><br><br>
And while you are there, ask them if Japanese maples are appropriate, they are purty trees. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Desert Willow<br><br>
Hackberry<br><br>
Shumard Oak<br><br>
Ludi's Honey Locust<br><br><br><br>
I think the shumard oak and honey locust are the more appealing trees of the four.
 

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Large shrubs are also great screens-- some are faster growing than trees and fill in better. I have a huge forcythia that got from a 5 gallon bucket to about 15 foot high in about 4 years. its about 10 feet across at the base, has beautiful yellow flowers in spring and shelters all sorts of birds.
 

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Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions.<br><br>
I will definitely make a list and research them for my area.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sauteedbeans</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Hi:<br><br><br><br>
Our front yard is bare and we need to plant a tree. It's west facing so we get blasted with the hot sun. We want a tree that will have a good canopy for shade for the lawn. Tall enough to block the front bay window and low maintenance. (asking for low maintenance because we have a big oak in the backyard, and it's a lot of work with the acorns and big leaves)<br><br>
Not into spraying, etc. Also, prefer something with easy fall cleanup. We are in zone 5. The soil has good drainage.<br><br><br><br>
Any suggestion out there? Thanks.</div>
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I know how you feel...The city just came down our street a few weeks ago and cut almost every tree down..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dozey.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tired:"> Not happy about it but nothing we could do, they were on their side ....I have a small area in my front yard where I'm going to put a tree.. I spoke with a lady from a nursery, she said a good fast growing tree for my area (Indiana) is an AMUR MAPLE...I'm going to check them out...I love Maples anyway, its so interesting to watch their leaves turn upside down when its going to rain...(They are more relaible than the weather channel..) Good luck with your search.
 

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Amur maples are amazing in the autumn... I posted a couple pictures of an amur maple grove in autums in the vb photo album.
 

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Amur maples are amazing in the autumn... I posted a couple pictures of an amur maple grove in autums in the vb photo album.</div>
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Thanx Seb, I'm going to see if I can find them...
 

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Did you find them? Sorry, they were a bit further down in the album than I thought. It is on the third page.</div>
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Seb, They are beautiful...After seeing your photos, I have seen these trees around here a LOT...That is exactly what I want...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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I recommend a Chinese Tallow tree. They get about 30 feet tall, not messy, and grow pretty FAST. Maples are nice but very slow growing. We have several Chinese Tallows and love them. Small leaves that rustle in the breeze, gorgeous fall color!
 

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I recommend a Chinese Tallow tree. They get about 30 feet tall, not messy, and grow pretty FAST. Maples are nice but very slow growing. We have several Chinese Tallows and love them. Small leaves that rustle in the breeze, gorgeous fall color!</div>
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Noooooo! They are an invasive exotic!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
At least here in Texas they are....
 

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Chinese dogwoods are b-e-autiful!<br><br><br><br>
I'm not sure how tall you're wanting it to be, but I've heard they can get 30+ feet (although I've only seen them around 10-20 in my area - I think I'm in a much higher zone than 5 though).<br><br><br><br>
I don't know much about trees at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but Chinese dogwoods are everywhere around here - they're really pretty and large enough to provide shade, very easy to grow (they grow in the sand here!) and nothing to clean up after I'm pretty sure.
 

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Hi All:<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for all the wonderful discussions to my problem. Here's the latest:<br><br>
I have a curly willow in my backyard. It was planted 3 years ago from a branch someone gave me. I literally stuck my finger in the dirt and stuck the branch in the hole. Today, it's about 20 ft tall with wispy branches and curly leaves loosely on the swaying branches. The birds love to play in it.<br><br>
I thought maybe if I take two cuttings and plant them in the front yard, maybe I will be just as lucky with the first one. So, that is indeed what we need. They will take a couple of years to establish but the beauty is worth it. I don't see them in my area (zone 5) all that much.<br><br>
Anyone out there with curly willows?
 

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I wish you good luck and enjoy your curly willow tree! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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