BEAUTIFUL CONTAINERS-Share Photos/Ideas/Questions forum: temperate zone outdoor tree for a container

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ImageLance
Sep 7, 2011 7:44 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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This is a rather specific question that I have asked in one of Sharon's cubits, but then I remembered there is an actual container cubit!
Here is what I am trying to find out: My son's classroom looks out over an adjacent rooftop with various air handling units and nothing really 'green' or appealing. His teacher would like to put some containerized plants outside of the window to add some greenery, which sounds good to me. Since I do very little container gardening, I am not sure what to recommend, but I seem to recall seeing small trees planted in containers by entranceways to various buildings.
The area is in Richmond, VA, which means very hot humid summers, cold enough winters (coldest is about 15F or -8C) with mostly freezing and thawing, and maybe not consistent watering when school is on break. A tough bunch of circumstances which is why I am not quite sure what to recommend. I think junipers are supposed to be tough trees, so maybe a columnar juniper type might work. How about the basic Eastern red cedar? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you.
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Imagejeri11
Sep 15, 2011 10:07 AM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
Lance I am sorry to see that no one has replied to your request. I by no means am an expert but I do know a little bit about gardening. Regardless of the type tree that you plant you will need to provide the basic needs of food, water & drainage. Being able to meet those requirements you can go to any Home Depot or Lowes or really anywhere by you and they can answer your question regarding your area.

Good luck locating your trees.
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ImageLance
Sep 15, 2011 3:47 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thanks for the thoughts. Hopefully I can find something that will work.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Tina_A
Sep 15, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Name: Tina Allison
Caddo Mills, TX
Lance,
You can also try fruit trees too. The kids will get a kick out of watching the tree fruit. The easiest way for me to determine if something will be ok in a container is to go down a zone or 2. good luck and tell us what you decide on please.
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Imagejeri11
Sep 15, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
I think that anything that grows will grow in containers. I've had gardenias in pots for over 20 years. I use to up size them but I don't anymore. Just add some fresh soil at the beginning of the season and they are fine. I've also grown crepe myrtles in pots for years.
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."
ImageLance
Sep 16, 2011 7:13 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Interesting thoughts, thank you all. The idea about checking cold hardiness beyond the zone sounds reasonable. Something colorful might be the way to go, although evergreen would provide greenery for more of the school year. I will have to chat with the teacher about it, as well as what funding is available.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagegardenersdetective
Sep 17, 2011 10:10 AM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Boxwoods and holly should do great in huge containers. I think a winterberry would be worth a try as it will have beautiful berries all winter.
ImageLance
Sep 19, 2011 8:13 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Colorful winter berries do sound like a good choice, and they might even get some birds to eat the berries.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Imagejeri11
Sep 19, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Name: Jeri Nicholson
City of Central, La.
Trust me if you plant them...they will come!!! LOL!!
"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

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