Need a nice small backyard tree in Chicago

Discussion in 'Plant and Tree Identification' started by mandelbrotset, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. mandelbrotset

    mandelbrotset Member

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    I live in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and have a small back yard, just the width of the house. I'll be digging up an old rusty basketball hoop this summer and would like to plant a tree in its place.

    My ideal tree would have small leaves (for dappled, light filtering shade) no fruit, a contained root system so that it doesn't burrow into the sewers and cause problems, and not grow taller than my 2-story house. Does such a tree exist that would grow well in my area? I'd appreciate any ideas. Thanks!
     
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    BaronsMom Well-Known Member

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  3. mandelbrotset

    mandelbrotset Member

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    Thanks Baronsmom - that's a very helpful site!
     
  4. beaublo

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    I volunteer at Chicago's only nature center...."North Park Village Nature Center" and we have a few very horticulturally intelligent folks there that could help you over the phone. The staff ecologist is Bob Porter (312) 744-5472 hours 9-4 pm Monday - Friday

    There also is a natural landscaping org that meets there monthly called "The Wild Ones." They use "natural landscaping and native species". There are other groups in our Chicago area such as Treekeepers, and Openlands. All info can be gotten by calling the Nature Center and talking to Bob.

    Beaublo
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