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Old 06-04-2015, 09:22 PM
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Need tree help

I'm a newbie here. My problem is I have a bare back yard. It does have a few bushes and a large round wood flower bed. I need trees for shade but have no idea what would go in a big empty yard. I've been digging up baby trees from friends as I can't really afford to just go 'buy' something. It is a narrow lot with a house on one side and a trailer house on the other side. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I've tried finding dwarf trees but no luck here.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:18 AM
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Hi femilr, welcome.

Understory trees (trees which are shade tolerant and do not naturally grow very tall) are a very nice addition to any landscape, and of course, what grows well in each part of the country varies - your Agricultural Extension Agency probably could supply a list specifically tailored to your area.
I am in NC, and the understory trees which I have added to my own property include Dogwood, Redbud, Star Magnolia and Japanese Maple, some of those might work in your area, too - and I have seen most of those for sale at some pretty reasonable prices in the nursery centers of "big box" stores.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:31 AM
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Thank you I will definately check this out.
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