Tree ideas.

bluelizardbluelizard Posts: 14

Hi. we have recently had to remove a 50 foot, 60 year old Cedar tree from our front garden due to severe snow damage. Regrettable... it now leaves a huge space. We are now looking for something to fill the gap. it is about 10m from the house in the corner of the front garden but close to a wall next to the road. It is on the north side of the house.The space to fill is about 8m diameter. whilst we loved the cedar, the perpetual shade and acid conditions created prevented us from growing much beneath it. Any advice on replacement tree/trees would be welcome. One idea I toyed with was a small collection of silver birch that would give dappled shade but would not spread too much. Any thoughts and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.



  • Sad you lost your tree bluelizard. Do you really want to replace it with something as you suggested it prevented you from growing anything beneath it? Maybe a total rethink of the area might help - do you really want a tree or might you consider other features? maybe post a photo? image

    Good luck, Janet

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,218

    I'd avoid another potentially large tree or trees in a confined space.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,087

    I like your silver birch idea. Otherwise I would choose a tree that changes with the seasons eg flowering, autumn colour. ?Amalanchier, liquidamber, cherry.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,581

    What about a mult-stemmed amelanchier? Lots of impact, changing throughout the seasons, dappled shade so you can grow spring bulbs and woodland-type flowers underneath (primroses, trilliums - I could go on and on). (scroll down a little)

    And being multi-stemmed it's unlikely to grow too tall for that spot. image


    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I love the silver birch idea, you could perhaps have 3, underplanted with bluebells and fritillary, ferns etc.

  • Thanks for helpful comments so far. What is didnt mention was that he wall is only a metre high, there are no adjacent buildings and beyond the garden there are uninterrupted views across fields and woodland. I was therefore thinking something with height and architectural structure would add some focus to the view from the house

    I'll organise a photo ASAP. It'll no doubt help with the vision!
  • And sorry for the typos!
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I don't think the typo npolice are arouund ttodayimage

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,472

    Bluelizard, have the stump and largest roots been removed?  That may have a bearing on what will grow there.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • BobtheGardener. Yes the stump has been ground to about 2 feet below the soil level.
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