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I'm finally getting around to planning a bed for the front of my property to welcome visitors. THe space is at the edge of a young fir/hemlock/cedar forest, facing east. It does get dappled light, but not a whole lot of light at any time during the year.
I'd like to put a JM that gets maybe 20' maximum in there. Something non-weeping that turns yellow in the fall. The more bright green to chartreuse the leaves are during the summer, the better as greens tend to fade into one another in our forests.
Does anyone have a recommendation of what they think might work well?
I think that Sango Kaku would go well there. It is yellow in the fall but not spectacularly. However the leaves stay a very light green in the summer. I have the same problem with a dark background and mine works very well there. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31538/
Another possibiltiy is Koto no Ito which has very pale green leaves and does turn a beautiful color in the fall. It is more likely to be a 10 foot tree though so that may rule it out. I'd prefer putting a smaller tree in the space rather than larger. It will spread more than the other two I have listed here though. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/84947/
Don't believe the small sizes of some of these trees that are advertised. In your zone they will in all probablity get much bigger, only slowed down by the shade. For instance, Butterfly is known to be able to get to 20 feet although many places say that it will stay shorter.
I'm sure that there will be others who have even better ideas.
I love having others' input. I gave my Sango Kaku to my neighbor because she already had the perfect spot for it and I knew I'd be able to enjoy it while driving by. But I'd love to have any excuse to get another for myself.
Thanks for your other suggestions, I will look at them and "place" them in the space as I head by. I hadn't really thought of white in the space or of the lines of a more spreading tree. That's good food for thought . . .