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We are hopefully going to be moving on our very own plot of (larger land) soon (4.22 acres). I am looking for the perfect tree.
-Not a pine tree
-Must grow ginormous
-Be fairly disease and bug resistant (I'm not a very good and attentive grower..lol)
-Flowers are okay
-Okay with all types of growing speeds
-Will be growing on a slope, not that big of one more like a hill
-I am in Zone 5
Ever think of a Russian Olive, it can either be made into a bush like plant or a tree. Birds seem to enjoy it during the Summer months for food. It's fairly easy to take care of and it looks rather pretty too!
- I have 2 in my yard and get several compliments over them as well -
* hope that helped alittle * ( I'm from zone 5 too )
We have Chinese elms. They make great trees and are really hardy BUT they can reseed and start little trees all over the place. I am not fond of russian olives because they spread worse than elms and those stinkin thorns are wicked.
I would look around you new neighborhood and see what is already doing well there.
When you say no pines, I aaume you mean no conifers, of which there are many well suited toi zone 5. Some thoughts for you toi look into are Northern Red Oak (Quecus Rubrum), Red Maple (Acer Rubrua), Surgar Maple (A. Sacharum), Chestnut Oak (Q. prinus). Again I urge you to look around... see what is native and handles landscape situatiuons well.
No Pecans in zone 5. No pizazz in Chinese elm or Russian olive. Take a look at horse chestnut, Hippocastanaceae Aesculus hippocastanum . Its got an attractive bloom and some cultivars have a very attractive red bloom.
We have a super long driveway so I was thinking of planting fruit trees along the drive on both sides apple/cherry/pears. That way it will shade the drive (which is gravel) make it a little more easier to pick the fruit since I can just pull the truck along side the tree. It will be pretty in the spring and they smell good.
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