Our Family Tree

KT and I were talking about planting a tree a couple months ago.  We think it would be sweet to plant the tree now in the first year we live here and watch it grow with our family.  We would like to plant it in front of our bedroom window to allow us some privacy when we open our curtains.

I’ve been researching online for some choices for a tree before heading over to the nursery.  Here’s what I’m considering:

Shaina Japanese Maple

Shaina Japanese Maple

I want to plant the tree about five feet from the house.  That means we’re looking for a dwarf tree that won’t grow wider than ten feet with noninvasive roots.  I would of course prefer something smaller, no wider than seven feet.

This particular Japanese maple is a slow growing tree that will probably max out at nine feet in fifteen years.  I particularly like the red colors it will keep all year long.  I like the round shape which will probably grow to about six feet wide.   The downside of Japanese maples is that they are higher maintenance than I would like.  The ideal location of our tree will most likely provide the appropriate sun exposure and the right amount of shade in the afternoon but I’ll have to consider wind exposure as well as treat our soil and water.

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtles can grow quite huge (40 feet tall) but they do have smaller dwarf varieties.  I’m leaning towards the Early Bird Crepe Myrtle with white flowers.  It max out at five to eight feet tall and three to four feet wide.  What’s awesome about this tree is the fact that it is pretty low maintenance and hardy.  Hardy is actually key here because, unfortunately, I did not inherit my parents’ green thumb.

I might come back with a completely different tree once we see them in person and talk to the experts at the plant nursery.

Is it even a good time to plant a tree? In the middle of winter?

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