..I agree....nooooo...lol... in that I didn't like many of James's choices, or at least I don't have any experience of them which is more to the point...
..my choices would be:
Sorbus 'Joseph Rock'
Sophora Japonica 'pendula'
Eucalyptus if suitably pruned
a Cornus kousa variety...
Cotinus 'Grace' which can be trained as a small tree
can't think of any others offhand...
I love the ornamental pear - Pyrus salicifolius but more importantly, I love reading anything James writes. Always amusing and entertaining and his descriptions often make me laugh out loud
Love those three Sorbus as well Salino
I would add:
Betula pendula Youngii
Malus Golden hornet
I love my Cornus kousa when it flowers, the strawberry like fruits disappoint me as they are few and far between but it is just colouring up beautifully for autumn.
Never mind the trees. It's the way he writes that is so entertaining and informative and he mentions interesting plants which can be researched if not known.
I shall miss the blog but wish him well.
I trust his own blog will continue once his house move is completed.