suggestions for trees on parking strip

purdydirtyJune 22, 2006

My neighbor across the street has a cherry and a thundercloud plumb planted in the parking strip. They are both dying. The parking strip is basicly gravel with a little bit of dirt instead of the other way around, but I see that there are other trees planted further down the street in the same parking strip. Anyway... full days sunshine, horrible soil, want a tree that isnt likely to grow over 20ft (power lines) but that will have a wide canopy. Any suggestions?

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vicki_ca(Sunset 14, US9)

This forum is provided for the discussion of the technical and aesthetic issues involved in landscape and garden DESIGN.

Please ask your question on the TREES forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trees Forum

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 8:58PM
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laag(z6CapeCod)

Trees in parking strips have no aesthetic issues?

Why do I wonder about the flight of the design professionals that used to be here?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 10:15PM
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tibs(5/6 OH)

The parking strip is probably contolled by the city of Portland which I think has a very strict tree planting and removal program. Call the city or get on their website and see what you can or can do in the parking strip.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 10:16PM
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vicki_ca(Sunset 14, US9)

:-) Of course they do, Andrew, but I didn't see a landscape design question in the opening post. Did you? I didn't mean to be offensive. It just seemed to me that the Trees forum was a better place to ask the question, which is not to say or imply that members of this forum couldn't offer good suggestions too.

From the start page of the Trees Forum:
This forum is meant for the discussion of trees--how to grow them, recommendations for selections, sources for plants, etc.

If you are implying that I have contributed to the flight of design professionals from this forum, I must say that surprises me. I think if you read over my posts about the design pros here, I have repeatedly been supportive of them and expressed my gratitude for what I have learned from them. I had not idea I was stepping on your toes.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 10:38PM
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zenzone

Purdydirty,
If you are still checking this thread, I'd like to suggest that you contact Friends of Trees (Portland). They helped a friend of mine select some nice parrotia persica trees for her curb planting strip and they offered help getting the trees planted and checked back to make sure they were doing well. Let us know what you end up with!

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    Bookmark   June 22, 2006 at 11:42PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

If the decline is coming on now, neighbor's trees probably just need to be watered. Wilting would be a definite hint.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2006 at 12:30AM
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