I have a hawthorn tree in my front garden. The tree is very spindly and bare. The leaves are full of dark spots and while it flowers (pink) quite profusely, there are very few berry on it. Also it is leaning further and further over invading my neighbours "airspace".
So I have decided to remove it. I would like to plant another tree. But which one?? My garden is 10 x 10 m and is a corner plot and very low and open.. There are 2 lawns, divided 1/3 and 2/3 by a path. The hawthorn is in the 1/3. I have a joseph rock (sorbus) in the 2/3 part.
I have seen some nice trees locally in a reputable nursery
malus golden gem
malus toringo scarlet
I also like cotoneaster cornubia, but the ones I've seen full grown are big, very thick crowned and block light.
My main focus is wildlife, but as I'm a corner I feel it has to look good too.
The other option is to plant pear or apple...
what do you think?