"If the sun and moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.." ~William Blake

May 29, 2013

Lined driveways

So as you have seen in my previous post I want want to re direct my driveway and line it with trees! Now my original idea was to line it with all maple trees or cherry blossoms!


I mean come on who wouldn't want to drive up a driveway lined like those!! But then reading about lined driveways it is a bad idea to plant all of one variety because of disease and the fact that all of your trees will die at the same time.  Good point right! So with that idea I have been thinking about what other trees to line my driveway with and how I would plant them in a sequence!

So of course some red maples will make it in there!
 they can live up to 100 years and of course look gorgeous all year long!

  • Latin Name: Acer rubrum
  • Other Common Names: Scarlet maple, soft maple, Drummond red maple, Carolina red maple, swamp maple, trident red maple, water maple
  • Native to: Eastern United States and Canada
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Height: 30 - 100' tall
  • Fall Color: Green-yellow, red, burgundy
  • Red maple growing profile
Many parts of the red maple live up to the name.  The red flowers become samaras that may feature red, which compliment the leaves when they often turn red in the fall. The red maple can adapt to many different growing locations.

And some Colorado blue spruce trees! They look so pretty and are amazing as christmas trees!!

  • Latin Name: Picea pungens. Other possible names are Picea parryanaand Picea commutata.
  • Other Common Names: Blue spruce, Colorado spruce, silver spruce, pino real
  • Native to: Western and northeastern United States
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 8
  • Height: 30 - 75' tall
The Colorado blue spruce has blue needles in a range of shades. The 'Glauca' variety is a light blue. It is the state tree for Colorado and Utah.  This spruce does well in droughts, except it does need regular watering in hot areas. Some use this as a Christmas tree.

Maybe even some dogwood trees to show my BC pride!

  • Latin Name: Cornus kousa
  • Other Common Names: Chinese dogwood, Korean dogwood, Japanese dogwood
  • Native to: Eastern Asia
  • USDA Zones: 5-8
  • Height: 15-30' tall
  • Placed in Subgenera: Benthamidia
The Kousa dogwood features an abundant display of flowers and fruit every year. It can be used in areas of drought. The bark features many lenticels. Prune away a few of the lower branches so that the trunk can receive more light, which causes it to change colors and feature spots of yellow and white on the brown bark.

And maybe some pretty cherry trees?

- Takasago: Small, vase-shaped tree with dark pink buds that open to pale pink semi-double flowers, becoming almost white when completely opened.
- Blooms March-April

Here are some pretty crab apple trees:
Here's 2 weeping trees making an arbor! I think it would make an amazing entrance!!
Weeping crabapple trees

and a pretty pink crab apple tree!

This might make it into the driveway line up! I think it would look cute among a maple and fir.

Latin Name: Malus spp. 
Preferred Hardiness Zones: Zones 2-11, depends on variety 
Size: Depends on variety. 
Exposure: Full sun 

Well that's the idea anyways, make a long sweeping driveway lined with amazing trees all year long! and then of course

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