Asking and answering these and other questions prior to beginning the selection process will help you determine the "right tree for the right place."
Depending on your site restrictions, there are hundreds of combinations of form and size to choose from. You may choose a small spreading tree in a location with overhead utility lines. You may select a narrow columnar form to provide a screen between two buildings. You may choose large vase-shaped trees to create an arbor over a driveway or city street. You may even determine that the site just doesn't have enough space for a tree of any kind.
If you are having difficulty answering any of these questions on your own, contact your local ISA Certified Arborist, tree care professional, garden center, or county extension agent for assistance. Their assistance will help you to plant the "right tree in the right place." It is better to get them involved early and make the right decision, to avoid having to call them later to ask them if you made the wrong decision.
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