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Hello Adam I made the mistake of planting a cedar in my garden(as posted on your gardeners world facebook site),after just 9 years it had grown to big for the garden,now I have cut it down and about to look for a replacement,Oldchippy.


  • JamesOJamesO Posts: 230
    Thinking of adding a Prunus Amanogawa have a small space that could fit they have wonderful blossom in spring
  • I like Amelanchier alnifolia 'Obelisk' or Liquidamber styraciflua Slender Silhouette' - great trees that don't take much space ;-)
  • Hi oldchippy. Hope you find a good replacement. Cedar does look lovely when it's small ... but it grows!
  • Hi James. Yes 'Amanogawa' is a lovelyy columnar flowering cherry. I used to have one in the front garden of previous house. However, I do think some other small trees provide colour and interest over more seasons than cherries. Personally I think better options are rowans (flowers,berries and autumn foliage colour) and crab apples.
  • Got a bit carried away with my love of Acers, planted Acer Negunda 20 years ago ago, it's now very beautiful but huge and blocking light from my top border, should I pollard it? Any suggestions.
  • Amelanchier and Prunus Amanogawa get my vote for small gardens. Both do not steal light or get big.

    Acer negunda is a large fast growing tree, certainly not a small garden tree. Pollarding is extreme pruning and I rarely see it done successfully as it tends to ruin the natural look of trees. Have you tried to thin the crown or lift the crown or even a general prune?

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