My fiancé and I are getting married next month, and during the ceremony we would like to plant a small tree. Our problem is finding a variety of tree that will work for where we live.
We live in a condo in the city, so anything we get would have to be potted. It would be nice to have the option to plant it in the ground once we get a house with some land, but it should still be slow-growing enough that it won't outgrow a pot in the next few years.
We would ideally like to keep it on our patio year-round. We have an alley-facing patio on the first floor, so we really only get indirect sunlight. I live in DC, which is zone 6-7 in terms of climate.
I have seen this question, but the answer focuses on plants and bushes rather than trees. We would really like a tree so that it's more different and special from all of the ivies and spider plants we already have. The one plant that seemed interesting from that post was the camellia, because our centerpieces will be of camellia branches. From what I've read though, it looks like potted camellias can be needy, and we'd rather not have an easy-to-kill plant as a symbol of our marriage...
So, to summarize:
- Low-light required
- Needs to live in pot for at least a few years
- Can live outdoors in zone 6-7
- Tree preferred over other plants
- Not easy to kill
I know this is a lot of requirements that may not be easy to meet, so please let me know where I need to make concessions! My fiancé is the plant person in the house, not me. The first two points are mandatory, the third is strongly desired, and the last two are desired but more flexible.