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This is the best article I've ever seen on selecting and planting trees. All the information is spot-on. I just added another London Plane tree 'Bloodgood' to my back yard and the thing that pushed me over the edge to decide to do it was that trees are the planet's lungs.

One more thing I would add: If you're planting next to a concrete or brick patio or walk, or next to a house foundation don't plant one with invasive roots. There are lists of trees that don't have invasive roots. Look for lists of 'street trees'.

A tree I recently noticed and ID'd is Chinese Scholar tree also called Japanese Pagoda tree. Styphnolobium japonicum It gets large though, so it would need a large site. It looks similar to a black locust, but has better form and the flowers are smaller. Beautiful yellow fall color, drought tolerant. It's messy though, dropping flowers, seedpods and leaves. If I were going to plant a tree in a large lawn at a park, it would be my first choice.

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Nuts 'n May

All power to you promoting tree planting, but please, please, please put time into considering what tree you plant. A London Plane is an enormous tree and not suitable for a domestic garden. Checking out local parks, botanical gardens and neighbouring gardens, advice from nurseries can all help. But be wary of labels and advice on how tall the tree will get.

Many trees are labeled giving indication of mature height at 10years, as this is often the life expectation of a tree grown in a city garden. Given trees often live longer then us, it's better to look at the longer term size, for example we give our Walnut trees a minimum of 80m2 each and expect them to live for 200 years plus. Local conditions also may vary, trees grown in our temperate climate have grown faster and taller then similar aged trees in Europe, or their native Iran.

Yes you can prune and train a tree to fit your space, but why not put the effort into selecting the right tree, or even a shrub.

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Not sure if this has already been said above, but to get an idea of what trees thrive in your local area and climate, check out your local street trees and which ones are doing well. Councils have good advice about successful tree species - after all, they're not going to mass plant trees that don't have the best chance of success.

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