Jane magnolia v. Summer Tyme crabapple for tree hedge
I'm looking to plant a tree hedge along the side of our house to block out some of the view of the cars going by (I've given up on evergreen for complicated reasons).
I'd like the usual: multiseason interest, low maintenance, resistant to disease, nice foliage. These are close to the only trees I have room for, so I really want great trees.
What do you think about these two (Jane, SummerTyme or small magnolias v. crab apples in general) as possibilities?
I have a tiny yard so I"d like to plant things under or next to the trees (hence I'm leaning away from privet, hollies etc).
Some specs: Trees will be along side 2.25 foot high stone wall
The bed itself is 4 feet wide. the row will be about 25 feet long, so I'm thinking 4 (range 3-5 depending on which culitivar I finally end up getting.
Our property excluding the driveway on the other side is about 50 foot wide (the street frontage, which is perpendicular to the area I will be planting).
The soil is very compacted due to construction
Both our neighbors have planted arborvitae on both sides of our house, so i don't want to add to that.
Mostly sunny, though there is some shade on the end.
We live on a busy street, so pollution tolerance is important. Salt tolerance not important as its on the house side of the rock wall. I can try and add a picture if that would be helpful
Thank you very much!
I really appreciate any thoughts, I've been wrestling with what to plant there for over a year.