I'm still looking for trees to plant next to our patio and this was the tree from my childhood. Are they as bad as the reviews say they are and it there something similar?
Sumac? Personally I wouldn't plant it in the ground.
I am currently dealing wirh the fallout of having several mature specimens cut down and it's basically a nightmare.
Is it worse than ash?
You can pull out Ash seedlings when you see them. With Sumach you have to dig up runners! I have two and they are staying firmly in pots.
Any tree with similar shape and colour? I'll give it a miss. At least that is one crossed off the list.
I had considered Euonymous alatus.
I don't know if it has any downsides but the Autumn colours are stunning and I don't think it gets too big.
The only downside to Euonymus alatus is the b****y wind which blasts the leaves off mine every year
I have a superb colouring Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet-Gum) which I keep @ around 9' - 10' high ; pruned when the leaves have gone .
Euonymus looks lovely but may be a bit small. I did looked at sweet gum moon stone which is meant to be easy to control. I think I'll go and look at a few pictures. It is that or a peach tree at the moment.
How about Cercis Canadensis, the American Redbud. Certainly high up on my wish-list of trees if I ever had my own garden. Multi-stemmed and creates a lovely shape. Pea-like flowers in spring, followed by heart shaped leaves that dangle along the branches. Attractive dark burgundy colour fading to bright oranges and reds in the autumn time. You will need to plant it in full sun to get the brightest colours. The eventual height on these trees/shrubs are around 7-8 metres.
Amelanchiers are often recommended on the forum too.