Japanese Maple or Weeping Texas Redbud?

kate38April 11, 2012

We have a circular driveway (new build) with about a 10-12' diameter grassy area in the center for planting. We are in Zone 8, clay-ish soil, and have narrowed our choice down to either a Japanese Maple or a Weeping Texas Redbud. The area gets morning sun (eastern exposure). We don't want the tree to grow more than 10-12' tall. This tree will be the focal point of the entire front yard. Our deciding factor may well be which one looks best longest throughout the year. May I have opinions? I'd love to see pictures, too, if possible. And, we're open to other suggestions for a slow-growing understory tree. I also posted this question in the Japanese Maple thread.

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

What part of Zone 8? If you are in a hot climate the redbud may do fine in quite a bit of shade, although even in regions where these are native surely the crown is not as dense beneath other trees as it is in the open. Otherwise, both kinds of trees are frequently asked about due to problems with them dying back. And neither likes a damp, heavy soil - if that is what you have. It is possible you need to use something else entirely, such as a weeping crabapple - although if there is a lot of shade this is liable to look thin. And if the shade all comes from one side it will probably lean away from it in time.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 12:35PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

can you link us to the JM forum post



    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 3:32PM
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We are in the coastal area (inner banks) of NC. There is shade (wetlands) on both sides of the property, and this tree would be about 100-125' from each side. We're not living there yet so don't know too much about the soil. From what I've seen, though, after a very heavy rain, water does seem to sit in parts of the driveway area where the soil has been packed down due to large truck tires.

Ken I'm sorry I don't know how to link you to the JM forum post since I'm very low-tech.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:24PM
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Here's the post on the Maples forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: OP's post to the Maple forum

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:36PM
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