Do Japanese Tree liacs do well in zone 3?
I am looking to fill a space in my yard with an ornamental tree that is not too wide. I am considering either a Japanese Tree Lilac or columnar crabapple. I am looking for comments on either of these trees, or suggestions for something better. I would like some thing that flowers if possible, and I already have 2 columnar mountain ash trees in my back yard.
I searched the previous posts here for Japanese tree lilacs, and I could only find one that Shazam said he/she has one here in Calgary - so I am very interested in any feedback in terms of how this tree does here since I want something that will survive.
This spot in my yard is only open since I had to cut down a 15 foot sensation maple tree that was decimated in a wind storm last summer. That tree was very full and lush, but 1/4 of the tree came down last summer. A large branch ripped away and opened the tree up all the way into the center of the trunk so the trunk was down to half the diameter in that spot then it was before. It looked really top heavy, with not a lot of support under the main canopy, and I was not willing to have the top of the tree come down into my neighbors yard, so we cut it down. It was extremely frustrating because it was just at a beautiful size that I could enjoy it. In fact I had a few neighbors also unhappy with me, but I asked them if the tree was in their yard would they be willing to let it stay and wait to see if/when it would fall? They all agreed that they would have taken it down too, but I am sure they will all look this year to see what I replace it with!
Any feeback would be appreciated.