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    Need suggestions for a tree.

    Zone 5 or 6 tolerant
    Full Sun
    mature width no greater than about 25ish feet
    mature height no greater than about 35ish feet
    no trees that attract bees, as my daughter is allergic to bees.

    This tree ( well, I will need 2 of them ) will sit about 12' from the sidewalk in a full sun area for both trees. Would be open to some type of evergreen, but certainly not locked into one. I don't mind a tree with leaves as long as it isn't too messy.

    OK, so here is the thing... when it rains a lot, my ground stays wet for a few days; it's almost spongy. However, being in a full sun spot, the area is often dry unless I water it.

    Thanks..... any suggestions will be appreciated and looked at for suitability.

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    RE: Need suggestions for a tree.

    Have you tired the Tree Wizard on arborday.org?
    http://www.arborday.org/shopping/tre...zard/Intro.cfm

    It might give you some suggestions. If you do not want bees I would stay away from flowering, & fruit trees/shrubs.

    Evergreens would be a nice choice depending on how much leeway you have in height and width requirements.

    Given the size of the tree and distance you want to plant from your sidewalk, I don't think you need to be too concerned about sidewalk heaving.

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    RE: Need suggestions for a tree.

    I did find and use Tree Wizard..... didn't like the answers.

    EDIT: OOPS! Didn't see there was more than one page of suggestion....

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    RE: Need suggestions for a tree.

    Good old fashioned American Arborvitae.

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    RE: Need suggestions for a tree.

    Sounds like a perfect spot for river birch or a member of the Birch Family. If you see a few White birches in the area that may be a possibilty. Pussy willow or hazelnuts would fit the bill too. Even Spruces could be trimmed to your 30 foot limit. Your looking for wind pollinated trees or shrubs. While your shopping perhaps a Russian Olive or Willow could fill the bill. In Zone 5 not many bees are around when birches are in flower so you should be fine there. The one fruit tree that bees don't pollinate are Paw-Paw..Their pollinated by carrion bettles.

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    Re: Need suggestions for a tree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Papa3x
    Would be open to some type of evergreen, but certainly not locked into one. I don't mind a tree with leaves as long as it isn't too messy.
    Just because evergreens stay green, doesn't mean they don't make messes. Many evergreens can be just as messy as deciduous trees. Most evergreens will shed as much as 1/3 of their leaves or needles per year. The average leaf or needle lasts between 3-6 years before being dropped in favor of newer growth that is getting more light.

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    Need suggestions for a tree.

    What did you decide to plant?

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