Driveway Trees

zoey75May 14, 2014

We had a cedar tree lined driveway before Hurricane Sandy. We would like to replace the trees but not with cedars. Can you please suggest some trees that might work. We are in NJ, which I think is a zone 6.

EDD: We are looking for a tree that is about 40 feet tall at maturity with maybe a 20 ft spread. I like the look of pear trees when they are green but I know they are not a smart choice.

Here is a current picture...

This post was edited by zoey75 on Wed, May 14, 14 at 17:39

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Here is a picture of the cedars before the hurricane.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 4:24PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Limbed up metasequoia and/or taxodium, I'd leave a little more space than in the pic though. If you are zone 5 go with the taxodium. Leave enough room on the street end to plant a flowering tree of your choice on either side.

I worry about monocultures as the wrong winter or bug comes by and you have nothing, ask the gateway arch folks. But your drive was pretty darned neat looking I must admit.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 4:39PM
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A driveway lined with Katsura trees is really attractive!!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 4:50PM
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Thank you both! We are looking for something the same size as the cedars about 40 ft at maturity. The trees you suggested are beautiful but I fear a tad big for our space. I love the idea of a flowering tree at the street.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 5:41PM
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Hovenia dulcis is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 7 m (23ft). It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tree Recs

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 8:19PM
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Check out fastigiate european hornbeam, since you're after a medium-sized tree and like the look of 'pears' (I'm guessing you referred to Bradford pear, which tend to have a more formal, smooth, full-bodied form).

I don't know how they do in your area, but if you like a medium-sized zone appropriate somewhat formal tree, just might be the ticket.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 11:00PM
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Thank you so much! I think hornbeam might work.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 2:02PM
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