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I'd like to plant a tree around my house as a memory my daughter's birth.  Anyone have any ideas what would be suitable in the Southern NJ area?  Sandy loam soil, slightly acidic.  I'll plant it away from the house to avoid any roots in years down the road.

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6 minutes ago, Batsto said:

Dogwoods are great. We put one in for my mother in law. It's very healthy. It has a beautiful orange Blossoms.  

Dogwoods are always nice!  With their opposite branching, layered or tiered appearance makes 'em look unique, and when they are in bloom.....the crappies are in the shallows!!!

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You have lots of trees to choose from.  Do you want an evergreen?  Flowering tree?  Shade?  Tall tree?  Wide tree?  Nut producer?

I did this when I bought my house:  https://shop.arborday.org/memberships-ten-trees.aspx

The trees arrive as clones; they are clippings from other trees that have rooted.  You need to get them in the ground ASAP.  Have a spot for each picked out, once you plant a tree you probably won't replant it.

Dogwoods are nice but are very common.  I have a Washington Hawthorn in my back yard that turns into a giant white cone of flowers in the early spring.  It's a woodpecker favorite.

So what kind of tree do you want?

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I have 2 Willow Oaks that I planted years ago in my front yard. They grow to about 60 feet and their leaves look just like Willows hence the name Willow Oak. They are more of a southern tree but, they will grow here. Their leaves will turn a golden color in the fall and then they will curl up and blow away.

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24 minutes ago, Haskell_Hunter said:

You have lots of trees to choose from.  Do you want an evergreen?  Flowering tree?  Shade?  Tall tree?  Wide tree?  Nut producer?

I did this when I bought my house:  https://shop.arborday.org/memberships-ten-trees.aspx

The trees arrive as clones; they are clippings from other trees that have rooted.  You need to get them in the ground ASAP.  Have a spot for each picked out, once you plant a tree you probably won't replant it.

Dogwoods are nice but are very common.  I have a Washington Hawthorn in my back yard that turns into a giant white cone of flowers in the early spring.  It's a woodpecker favorite.

So what kind of tree do you want?

Definitely would like something that flowers with some nice color, the flowering dogwood and that Kwanzan cherry look nice.

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Great idea!  As part of your choice consider how big a tree can fit in the location you want to plant it and whether it is full sun  or will be below other trees.  Choosing something native to the area will also be a better benefit to insects and birds.  Dogwoods are attractive but don't always tolerate full sun.  If you have a lot of room a Tulip Poplar is a very nice tree.  Also try a Holly If there aren't many nearby.

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