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Old 07-29-2017, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hi, I had an area of pine trees removed. They were killed by a pine borer of some sort. Looking to plant several flowering trees and bushes to fill in the area. I am in zone 6 in Massachusetts.

As best I can tell using the Arbor Day site the following would be good candidates: Redosier Dogwood, Gray Dogwood, Rose of Sharon, and Forsythia.

I can root the forsythia from many that I already have. I will also transplant some mint into the area as a ground cover. The cleared area is barren and surrounded by Oak and pine trees. It is getting plenty of mid day and afternoon sun. The soil is very rocky, and planting in deep holes may be difficult.

Any thoughts on my selection and any other suggestions.

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Forsythia have a ghastly growing habit, when not in bloom they look like scraggly raspberry canes.

Visit your local nuseries too and ask what works well.
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To me, mint is an invasive weed. I would suggest looking at myrtle (aka periwinckle) or possibly lirope as a ground cover.

For trees, i planted many of them in my yard about 25 years ago. My absolute favorite is called a Katsura tree. Not a flowering tree, but not messy, does not require any special maintenance, and my favorite attribute is that when the leaves turn yellow in the fall, they give off the wonderful scent of caramel or cotton candy. The scent goes perfectly with the Fall. Others I like are Chinese Redbud, Halesia (aka Silverbell). Good luck.

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Also, the scientific name gor the Katsura tree is Cercidophylum.

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If some fall color would be desirable in lieu of all flowering shrubs a Chinese Pistache would be a good candidate for your area unless a 30 ft. tree would be objectionable. Tolerates harsh conditions.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I am going to try to post a couple of pics of the area.
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I like your pick of Dogwood and Rose of Sharon, will give it nice color.
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You can cut your Forsythia back to the ground every year......
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