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Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 1, 2008
2:43 AM

Post #5492614

hello i need help finding a tree that won't get wider than 17 feet and atleast 15 feet tall.our kitchen gets to much sun.
South Milwaukee, WI

September 2, 2008
1:02 AM

Post #5496219

A poplar is tall and thin and grows very rapidly.
I have a flowering plum, which is tall and thin and just gorgeous in spring when it blossoms. Actually with the dark colored leaves, it's pretty all the time. (If you can find a double flowering one, it is exceptionally beautiful.)
Another idea might be a hedge that can be trimmed to size or a lilac tree could trimmed to shape.
Bensenville, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #5501211

How about a Redbud or Pagoda Dogwood? I was trying to find a tree about this same size to underplant under our Ash tree that our wonderful tree trimmer destroyed by hacking off a large branch that provided some wonderful shade on our patio. I couldn't scream fast enough for him not to cut it off! Errrr, still gets me mad. Personally, I would go with a Midwest native tree for hardiness.

Our local Arboretum has a nice website that you might find helpful to select a tree. The website is, choose Plant Trees, choose Selection Guide, then a list will come up.. if you choose Native Trees to Midwest a whole list of native trees will come up sorted by height but there's a bunch of other information there too that may help you. Give it a try, you might find something useful there to help in your selection. I would think all Midwest natives could handle your climate as well as ours here. Good luck with your choice.

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