I have been looking for trees that can take full sun and drought conditions without any problems. Is insect and disease resistant or tolerant, wind and salt tolerant, will grow in amended clay and is a single trunk. Maybe a couple of trunks is ok but not as many as Amelianchier. The hard part; 20 feet tall of mature height maximum. Alkaline soil prefered trees would be great. That way I don't have to keep up with the work to keep the soil acidic. Zone 6 and a tree that does not sucker or self seed badly would be splendid. Does anyone have any suggestions?
The Loquat tree hits all your wants almost perfectly. Just protect it from cold when young, then it may stand the winters up there well when it get some size on it.. Expect no fruit, but this tree has some very attractive features on it. Also, Saucer Magnolia hits the ticket too. It is very rare for them to go past 20 feet. Also, they have great blooms! I am still keeping a lookout for any new trees that would hit the ticket!
Any other suggestions? I came across another site that someone had basically the same requirements as I do, and someone brougth up fringe tree. Has anyone grown this and can tell me about the pros and cons?
Alright, I will add some more for you weedsfree! But remember, with all plants, you have to water them until they mature a little.
Take these into consideration...
Lorpetalum chinensis- Common names: "Chinese Witchhazel", "Fringer Flower", or "Loropetalum" - Notes: Perfect except for you have to train it to single stemed, and once trained, will not sucker. Or you could let it grow some trunks. Moderate Salt Tolerance. Extreme Drought Tolerance once mature. Never exceeds 20 feet. Proctect from cold when young. (You live in it's lowest growing zone.) Neat purple new foliage and great unique blooms!
Aesculus pavia- Common Names: "Red Buckeye"- Notes: Moderate-High Salt tolerance. Mainly single stemmed. Tops out at about 20 feet. Very Good Drought Tolerance once mature. You may not have to cover when young. The red flower spikes attract Hummers and Butterflies.
Vitex angus-castus- Common Names: "Chastetree"- Notes: High Drought Tolerance once mature. Great Salt Tolerance. Does not mainly reach any more than about 15-18 feet. Has a few stems, prune for single trunk. Great blue blooms.
Syringa reticulata- Common names: Japanese Lilac Tree.-Notes: Drought and Salt tolerance are high. Most Japanese Lilac Trees top out at about 15-20. Great Blooms!
Hope this will help! I am still on the lookout!
P.S: If you would like to try out Lorpetalum chinensis, just tell me, I will try to root a cutting of it for you! Just let me know!
Actually, I have been considering witchhazel for my landscape off and on for a couple of years. That and Ephedra.
Thank you for your hard work Dustin. You have found more than I ever have, with my 2 years of actively searching. Most of what I have found, there was almost always one or two things that made them unappealing.
I have been able to only get 1 lilac out of 5 to live for me.
themoonhowl and Dustin, I will look over your suggestions! I love the ones you come up with. They are unusual to me, most of them.
Weedsfree...since you have considered Witchhazel, you may want to try another member of the family...Hazelnuts/Filberts...requires two for cross pollination, but they are pretty neat. And they grow in zones 3 to 9.