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pwejr88
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Big trees for side of house
Need three or four trees about 10 feet from the house to go in front of a brick wall about 20 feet high. Height is more important than girth. Will get hardly any sun but plenty of water. Faster the growing the better.

What would you recommend and is buying a 30 gallon to risky to plant? Go 15 gallon?


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re: Big trees for side of house
seems like you're setting up for future issues with those requirements...

10' from a house: possible root issues, possible falling on house issues, leaf filled gutters

fast growing in wet area: possible not solid foundation prone to being blown over


Maybe you're looking for some really tall shrubs.


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re: Big trees for side of house
Shade is not really suitable for trees.
But, you might consider bald cypress. Narrow at top, wider at bottom, wind resistant, tolerates plenty of water.


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re: Big trees for side of house
Evergreen or deciduous - or does it matter? Being so close to your house and fence choose something that doesn’t have an aggressive root system. If you want tall and narrow (columnar) Sweetbay Magnolia maybe an option. LSU AgCenter Superplant. Look at pics on-line. I think it’s fairly shade tolerant in that in nature it is a understory tree and it can tolerate wet conditions. Planted 2, 30 gal 2 years ago, about 12 feet tall, they are approaching 18-20 feet. Little Gem Magnolia, also an AgCenter Superplant, could be another option. Planted 1, 15 gal 2 years ago, same time as the Sweetbaysm maybe 10 ft tall at planting, now about 16 ft. Both these magnolias have non-aggressive root systems.

No doubt many other good options - maybe some of the tall, narrow hollies like Savannah Holly, American Holly? Don’t know how they would respond to the shade issue.

15 gal vs 30 gal. - 15 gal easier to plant. Cheaper. I’ve been impressed with the 15 gal trees I’ve planted in regards to growth relative to 30 gal.
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Bee Man
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re: Big trees for side of house
Leyland Cypress.


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Citica8
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re: Big trees for side of house
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bald cypress

Probably the most invasive root system imaginable

I'd look at some variety of magnolia or crepe myrtle


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re: Big trees for side of house
Hmm, don't do it 10ft from house.

But as to trees:

Southern Magnolia, although not the fastest growing, is shade tolerant and can tolerate damp footing.




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LSUEnvy
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re: Big trees for side of house
River birch


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Geauxld Finger
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re: Big trees for side of house
Drake elms but they have a tendency to lean.

Not a lot of options for your described environment. You could always get some big eagleston hollies


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Tigris
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re: Big trees for side of house
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maybe some of the tall, narrow hollies like Savannah Holly, American Holly? Don’t know how they would respond to the shade issue.


That would be my answer. At my last house I did hollies in a wet, shaded location and they did very well. In 5 years they were 15-20 feet tall. Fairly drought tolerant. I liked them being evergreens with red berries.

Sweetbay Magnolia is a good idea too.


gumbo2176
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re: Big trees for side of house
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seems like you're setting up for future issues with those requirements... 10' from a house: possible root issues, possible falling on house issues, leaf filled gutters fast growing in wet area: possible not solid foundation prone to being blown over


Totally agree for all issues stated. Also, many fast growing trees tend to not have the strongest limbs and can often break off in storm conditions.


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ItzMe1972
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re: Big trees for side of house
Sweetbay magnolias need sun.


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