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help choosing an appropriate tree #816991

Asked November 28, 2022, 2:29 PM EST

Hi, I need to plant a shade tree and hope that you can give me the names of some appropriate trees. Here's my criteria: tops out around 40 feet drought tolerant sun tolerant single trunk brilliant fall color will provide shade native would be nice but the need for shade is overwhelming will be planted within 5 feet of a fence I realize this tree will be a commitment and want to choose carefully. I'm thinking of some sort of maple. Thanks for any advice you can give me. Ruth Conrad

Multnomah County Oregon

Expert Response

Thank you for your question, Ruth.  I suggest that you take a look at the trees described in the following publication, which has size, water and sun needs, and information about the wildlife they support:  https://www.oregonmetro.gov/native-plants-willamette-valley-yards-booklet
I hope this helps.  Good luck!
Kristena LaMar Replied November 28, 2022, 2:54 PM EST

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