White Birch - will this grow well near Juniper and Limestone?
Hello. First of all I am not entirely sure this is the best place to post this, so if someone has a better suggestion please let me know.
I live in Martinsburg, WV. Not very mountainous, and not what I would call a very harsh climate at all. I am not much of a gardener, and I need some decent advice.
I recently cut down a few old scraggly locust trees that were dying out. I not only cut them down, but I also pulled out the tree trunks and the major part of the roots. They were in a landscaped area of my yard, this area established long before I moved in. Surrounding these trees are what I believe to be "Spreading Blue Juniper". Underneath all of this is a large seam of limestone. Limestone deposits are plentiful in my area. I assume the locust and the limestone were here long before the house was built, and someone planted the Juniper.
I would like to plant some White Birch or Paper Birch (if there is a difference), but I want to make sure it will grow nicely here. These trees will probably be expensive and I want to make sure they last a long time. I have heard that certain plants can be "poisoned" by limestone. I also wonder what effect the Juniper may have.
If I can't use birch, I would also be interested in Redbud or some other medium sized tree that has nice colorful blooms in the spring.
And if neither tree is reccommended, I have another idea. I also like this certain shrub. I don't know the name of it but during spring and summer the leaves are green, in the fall the leaves turn a beautiful bright red, and they shed in the fall. I have seen these things get pretty big especially if they are planted in groups.
Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.