masterlegend
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short trunked bushy tree

Hello everyone I am currently looking to plant some foliage that will bush out above my fence to give my yard privacy from the neighbors and some shade. I am not looking to plant arbriovites yet a regular tree where the trunk will stay short but the tree will grow higher and bushy just above the fence line. The front of my house has a great crimson maple, so I am looking for a tree that is as bushy as this or more and short yet green. Any takers? thanks

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I don't think you mentioned the actual desired height of the tree or the fence?

masterlegend
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The fence is a normal 8ft fence. Tree wise i don't want a tree that will grow super large yet bush out from the top of the fence to about 20 ft above it. Is this clear? Thanks

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"Normal" around here is a 6-foot fence. Many fruit trees, even semi-dwarf, will clear a 6-foot fence in their third or fourth year.

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Small flowering trees might be your answer but not a Jap. Maple/ Cercis, redbud, Cornus, dogwood, Franklinia. Crabs normally are more upright and low branched, but an apple or even a cherry might fit your bill. It all depends on your taste.

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