Good morning, Can you help us choose a tree for our front yard? We currently...

Asked August 1, 2014, 8:43 AM EDT

Good morning, Can you help us choose a tree for our front yard? We currently have 2 approx 20' trees that drop little red berries which the dogs eat. We have another one in middle which is taller and some kind of pear tree we think (we are moving to this property from Columbus. The trees will be taken out and we will put a flagpole where the middle one is. We want something that doesnt shed nuts or berries and would maybe get 30' tall or so. We are older so dont want to plant really small tree. Would you have any suggestions for us?

Knox County Ohio trees and shrubs tree planting

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Here are 3 trees you could look into:
1. Red bud- Valued for its outstanding display of pink or white flowers in spring, red bud is an easy-to-grow small tree with delightful heart-shape leaves that turn golden-yellow in fall. It thrives in sun or partial shade and is native to areas of North America.
2. Magnolia -offers some of the most beautiful flowers of any tree. Its large blooms appear in shades of white, pink, and purple in mid- to late spring. Do some research before buying a magnolia to make sure you have the best selection for your climate. Some types, while hardy, suffer flower damage from late frosts.
3, Maple trees. They do not produce berries or fruits and some varieties will only get 30 feet tall.

If you have any further questions you may reach the Knox County Extension Office at 740-397-0401


Thank you. Do you think dogwoods would work? Any particular problems with them? And looks like Amur maple might work.

Yes, those trees would be fine as well.