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Topic by Cindy posted 01-30-2012 07:16 PM 3746 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Cindy

346 posts in 2587 days
hardiness zone 6

01-30-2012 07:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: serviceberry kousa flowering tree question zone 6

Of course, I may change my mind a thousand times – but I am considering getting either a serviceberry or kousa dogwood to put in a small area. To give you an idea, I live in a mobile home and my lot is 40’ x 120’. The tree would go in a front corner part of my lot, approx. 10 – 15 feet from the mobile home. I believe both trees are close in horizontal size, 20’ to 25’. On one hand, I love the bloom and fruit of the kousa. On the other hand, I love the wildlife-friendly benefits of a serviceberry. I would get more pleasure from seeing a kousa, but if I could lure even more birds (different species) in with the serviceberry, that would balance things out in it’s favor. Any opinions? I think both are hardy and disease resistant – I’m in z6b. All of this came about because my neighbors are moving & have offered me their purple leaf plum. It’s only 2’ tall now, but my reading states they are short lived and even larger than the two I’m thinking about. I’m going to pass on it, but I’ll see if my friend wants it. I have two Profusion crabapples, and anything in their size range will be fine. What do you think? Does anyone have suggestions for an even smaller flowering tree? Fall foliage color is a requirement! Right now all I have are the crabapples and a few lilacs and viburnums. I’d love another small tree…
ps – it’s good to be back after the long hiatus!

-- ~ Cindy, Virginia Appalachians, UDSA Hardiness Zone 6 ~



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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

01-31-2012 03:48 AM

welcome back :)
That’s a difficult one. My vote always goes for a fruit tree – but the plum apparently, as you say, has a short life. Perhaps another fruit tree option?
As for the kousa or serviceberry … would you regret missing out on the blooms or the birds?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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