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by kudzu on June 01, 2004 11:53 PM
What is a hardy flowering shrub/ornamental tree for Wisconsin? I have a friend who needs some suggestions. I have no clue what would grow because of the wintery weather.

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by Tamara_Carey on June 02, 2004 02:17 AM
What's the zone # ?
by kudzu on June 03, 2004 10:06 PM
Being in Alabama - it's easy to know my zone! But she's in NORTHERN Wisconsin - near Canada! I want to say something like 3b - or I think that's what the zone thing said.

Any suggestions? [Smile]

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by Newt on June 05, 2004 12:50 AM
Hi Kudzu,

You don't say what the sun conditions are for your friend, but I'm guessing it's 6 hours or more. I'm also thinking that when you say "flowering shrub/ornamental tree " you mean a small tree or large shrub. Here's some that come to mind.

Chionanthus virginicus - Fringe tree - Look for the native one as the Chinese fringe tree - chionanthus retusus is not hardy that far north.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/trees-new/chionanthus_virginicus.html

Here's a list of fact sheets from Minnesota Power Co. You should look at the ones with green dots and maybe even the ones with yellow dots. Do doublecheck the hardiness zones though.

http://www.mnpower.com/treebook/common.html

Here's another site you can use to get useful information on any trees you might find interesting. It has lots of valuable info such as tree litter, surface roots, weak limbs, etc.

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/index.htm

Hope this helps,
Newt

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by weezie13 on June 05, 2004 04:01 PM
Yes, I'd have to say what are the growing
conditions too...
These are pretty hardy where I live...
FORSYTHIA

Common Lilac's

Deutzia

Weezie

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