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Daniel M

Ornamental trees for my lawn

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Hi All

My wife and I have recently bought our first house and I'm in the process of tidying up the front lawn. I have cut down a tree (cherry, apparently) that had multiple roots on the surface of the lawn, ruining the grass. I want to have a nice lawn so that's why I've removed it. Are you able to suggest a tree that I can plant in it's place? I don't want the same problem with roots and I don't want it to get too big.

 

Many thanks

Daniel

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1 hour ago, Khriss said:

 certainly leave a large turf free area around tree for mulching ( and reducing  surface root appearance over time) K

Always.  Mulching is a bit of a thing for me.

 

1 hour ago, Khriss said:

I dont mind pruning trees 😉 a couple of Birch are worth a shot, River birch for its interesting bark or Albo sinensis,

Good shout; I do like Birch.  The wife bought me Royal frost:  a bit of a show-off tree but as delicate as any birch.

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On 05/01/2021 at 21:20, Bunzena said:

Wow - that sounds like a fantastic spot to plant.  Very envious - in the best possible way!  😉

 

Looking forward to the 'Open day'. 

 

The best book - I think - on Japanese Maples is by Vertrees and Gregory.  Really good resource.  

 

For the nutters like me - I really like the less well-known Acer shirasawanum varieties.  Harder to find but really overlooked.

 

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What type is the 6th picture please?

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38 minutes ago, astra25 said:

What type is the 6th picture please?

Acer Shirasawanum palmatifolium.

 

Sadly lost it this winter.

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Bunzy, would you be good enough to ID all those pics please if you can remember them?  Then I can save the thread in Faves for future reference:  Acers are looking better and better for here the more I think about it.

Cheers.

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23 minutes ago, nepia said:

Bunzy, would you be good enough to ID all those pics please if you can remember them?  Then I can save the thread in Faves for future reference:  Acers are looking better and better for here the more I think about it.

Cheers.

From memory - from top to bottom:

 

Acer Palmatum Corallinum

Acer Palmatum Mikawa Yatsubusa

Acer Palmatum Summer Gold

Acer Shirasawanum Autumn Moon

Acer Palmatum Tsuma gaki

Acer Shirasawanum Palmatifolium

Acer Dissectum Crimson Queen

Acer Palmatum Katsura

 

[Spellings can be a bit variable....apologies in advance!]

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1 hour ago, Bunzena said:

 

Acer Shirasawanum palmatifolium.

 

Sadly lost it this winter.

That's a shame looked stunning. I enjoy growing trees myself haven't got many acer types tho just sugar maple and norway maple (crimson king).

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On 08/06/2021 at 21:57, Bunzena said:

 

Acer Shirasawanum palmatifolium.

 

Sadly lost it this winter.

Where do you buy your seeds from please?

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I don't grow from seed.  Japanese Maples hybridise very easily so rarely come true from seed.  Pretty much anything you see will be vegetatively propagated - generally by grafting on to an Acer palmatum 'stock'.

 

So most of mine have been bought as plants.  I'm sure you know this - but most plant nurseries will carry a reasonable stock of the 'bread and butter' varieties.  If you google 'acer specialists' you will find those nurseries that carry the more interesting ones.  If you really want to be adventurous - the Dutch have the most unusual and widest stocks.  But I don't know if Brexit has affected what they can and will supply.

 

Hope this helps.

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Norway maple is such a crappy excuse for a tree. Hateful things. 



Really?

I know next to nothing about them but I have a nice 36” Saw Log. Supposedly nice hard timber.

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