A few new trees

A narrow growing, columnar purple leafed beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’) will help to fill the space vacated by the removal of a redbud that leaned far over this area of the garden. The leaning redbud was tolerated for too long, threatening to topple onto the greenhouse, so the further tilt following the early January wet snowfall was a fortunate push to finally get this done.

This space, like most in this thirty-three year old garden, demands a tree of substantial size. Of course, I’m regarded by acquaintances as one of the least patient residents of this planet, so I was thrilled to find a densely branched tree that will make a bit of a show from the start. If a tree looks good without leaves it will improve threefold with leaves, so it’s likely I’ll be doubly satisfied in another month or two.

Yes, there is a house behind the Bloodgood Japanese maple and purple leafed European beech.

Beech are quite slow to get started after planting, as I’ve seen with the now huge purple leafed European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Atropurpurea’, above) in the front garden, and with the pendulous branched, green leafed beech (F. sylvatica ‘Pendula’) along the rear, northern property line. The beech in the front barely grew an inch for several years when I was most anxious to get the garden going after we moved into this newly constructed home, but then it took off and look at it now. I expect the same growth from the new, columnar beech, but it is not in a prominent spot, and the small purple leafed tree will look just right. With its narrow form, it is not likely to overgrow the spot for many years.

While planting space is limited, a few more trees will be planted along with the beech. One small growing Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’) will take little space, and a larger growing maple with deeply divided leaves (A. palmatum ‘Scolopendrifolium’) will be planted at the edge of a newly created planting area in the lower, rear garden. A slow growing, somewhat dwarf ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba ‘Chi-Chi’) will be planted nearby, and yes this one is a bit of a stretch with its eventual growth, but for another decade or two this will work out.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim says:

    Oooo – your Red Obelisk is fantastic!! I love the color combos you have, esp with the amazing ginkgo chi chi. I was lucky enough to find a gorgeous redbud ‘merlot’ at a local nursery to be installed next week in the front yard – will replace a beautiful old plum tree that succumbed to black knot :(. In the back yard I have a golden spirit smoke tree, but with the ‘merlot’ wouldn’t they be quite the pair together?

    1. Dave says:

      Last year I planted a purple smoketree beside a yellow leafed ninebark. This, and other similar combinations are likely too much from a design perspective, but I like it, so who cares? I see color contrasts the same as textural contrasts, both important.

      1. Kim says:

        I’m a relatively new subscriber – not sure if you’ve posted a pic of your smoke tree and ninebark, but I’d love to see a pic of those in the summer – I might have to copy that idea 🙂

  2. Anita says:

    I wish I had more space to grow these beautiful trees☆. Is the light green leafed tree a ginko bilbao? It looks like it to me?!

    1. Dave says:

      This is a larger Ginkgo biloba in the garden. The newly planted ‘Chi-Chi’ will grow smaller with more dense branching.

      1. Anita says:

        Chi chi sounds amazing!! I wonder if i can get that here in Perth Australia? Where are you?

      2. Dave says:

        Virginia, USA. This is a common ginkgo for specialty growers.

      3. Anita says:

        I love it!! I found a tree here for $50 recently. I may give it a go. I know they are slow growing but i do love them. One day I will have a farm property to grow all the trees. 🌿

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