Tree canopies and the garden railways

Having full-size trees above your railway can be both a challenge and a blessing
1. For more than 18 years, Manny and Veronika Neronha have been successfully running trains under trees of varying heights and sizes. Veronika says, “It’s what makes it a garden.” Several Japanese maples are repeated for continuity but what caught the author’s attention were three rare specimens of curly-leaf locust.
Nancy Norris
What makes a tree a good pick for a garden-railway canopy? The top priority for most of us is that the tree must have small leaves, preferably invisible. This is possible if the fallen leaves become the mulch around your little trees. Some leaves shrivel upon drying, thus "go away," and we forgive their presence. Starting with small-leafed trees helps but you might get trickster trees, like redwoods, whose little needles stay attached to 10" twigs, which then model fallen scale branches.

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