Small native tree for street-side

Asked May 15, 2018, 1:32 PM EDT

I'm wondering if you could recommend a small (20-30 ft) tree native to Maryland to replace a Bradford Pear that is invasive and large. The site is a curbside city strip about 6-ft wide, full sun, moderate moisture. I would love to have something appealing to birds and/or bees but, as it is curb- and sidewalk-adjacent, fleshy fruits like crabapple seem un-neighborly.

Prince George's County Maryland wildflowers and native plants tree recommendations trees

1 Response

Okay, some suggestions are:

Chionanthus virginicus (white fringetree)

Magnolia virginiana (sweetbay magnolia)

Crataegus viridis (green hawthorn) "Winter King" - this is a cultivar that is sold in the nurserytrade and therefore most likely easier to find in the nursery. http://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/green-hawthorn

Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam)

And thank you for removing an invasive Bradford pear tree!

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