You need to investigate available trees so see what best suits your needs. If you live close to the ocean, you may want a salt-resistant tree while even a mile inland, the salt does not matter. Check with your local agricultural agent for suggestions. You can also visit a local nursery to see what they have. Visit Balboa Park to see what they have planted in the California National Plant Garden or the Florida Canyon Native Plant Preserve.
Remember that shrubs can also a stand-in for small trees. You want to find a tree that is drought tolerant, Some suggestions are Crepe Myrtle, Western Redbud, Melaueca, Royal Purple Smoke Tree, Desert Willow, Texas Mountain Laurel, Lemon Bottlebrush, or Angel's Trumpet. Don't forget the fruit trees!
I recently bought a 4 feet tall weeping blue atlas cedar trained as a snake shape for foundation. How far from a Japanese maple and the house should I plant it? I only have space 6 feet by 6 feet. I saw a tree that was 7 feet tall and the same shape tree like mine and it's not as big and wide as you say. I really like it, but I'm not sure that I have to plant it.
I bought a house 12 years ago with a massive catalpa, three times as high as my two-story house. It shaded and overwhelmed everything. Too much. At that time my tree guy suggested that instead of removing it I should pollard it. So he cut the main trunk (about 3 feet in diameter) at about 20 feet. It balled nicely but now 10 years later it has grown new shoots that are a foot across and have it back to 40+ feet. Can I just cut it back again or even deeper?
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