They have recently built a new housing estate across the road from us on what was once beautiful but vacant land. It is ugly as all get out and radiates heat over summer, so I would like to plant a tree to block the view/heat. A mulberry or a large apple would be perfect, except they are deciduous and I would have to see the shanty town all winter.
I don’t know anything about ornamental trees and am after suggestions.
The tree needs to be:
- copes with frosts - zone 8 or 9a
- between 4m and 12m tall (13 foot - 40 foot tall)
- can grow a single trunk, then branch out once above head height
- reasonably fast growing
I was leaning towards one of the evergreen magnolias, but have a feeling that they stay thin and christmas tree shaped rather than branching out? I would love to hear your suggestions.