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Question DetailsAsked on 4/5/2012

I don't like the sky pencil tree at a sunny corner of my house. Spot is 4 x 4. Needs to be slender. Deciduous would be ok. What else?

I want to replace a sky pencil (Japanese holly). There's not much room before the sidewalk starts. Location is sunny. Previously had a holly that overgrew the corner. Would an upright juniper work?

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It doesn't look like this particular holly is going to overgrow the corner. In fact, it seems like the perfect tree for such a small space. And it seems to need very little maintenance beyond watering.

It would help if you could post a picture of your tree, so we can understand what you don't like about it.

Maybe you're in the wrong climate zone (too hot? too cold?) and for that reason the tree isn't doing well?

Answered 7 years ago by Oleron


Italian cypress or jap yew

Answered 5 years ago by kstreett


In case you have not solved the issue yet - there are a number of cypresses and yews and junipears that grow only 2-4 feet in diameter. In the deciduous trees there are larch, aspen, and poplar species that grow to only 2-4 feet in diameter also - several currently popular coming from the high elevation areas of the Rockies that grow in many other environments too. And of course climbing (with support) roses, rugosas, and vines though they need trimming to control them.

One thing to bear in mind, especially if you have basement waterproofing or high groundwater, is that planting trees or shrubs near to a house is very hard on the foundation, as the rootlets get into all the joints and cracks and open them up over time hunting for water - they are not smart enough to figure out that foundation walls do not have water behind them.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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