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.

Carpinus caroliniana (American hornbeam)

And thank you for removing an invasive Bradford pear tree!