Bye bye to Showy Mountain Ash... sob!
My poor Showy Mountain Ash!!! It was planted 2 years ago as a 70mm caliper tree and it has not done well since. The area was at the bottom of a gentle slope so the soil is pretty moist. Ever since the Calgary flood in 2013, when we had tons of rains coming down over a relatively short period of time, this poor thing dropped tons of leaves and has not recovered. I gave it another year, and sadly, this year it is just the same. Right now, it has lots of bare branches and already, some leaves are starting to turn yellow after the heavier rain last week.
So, I am going to have to replace it.... sigh! I feel so sad for this poor thing, but I just cannot stand looking at bare branches and a few leaves year after year....
Since this is a more moist area, I probably had the wrong tree planted at the wrong place..... my fault!!! SIGH!
Anyway, if I am to replace it, what should I put there instead? Given that it's in a city lot (i.e. SMALL!) the tree size cannot be huge. Ideally, it is going to be about 15 ft wide and 20-25 ft tall. It is in a fairly sunny location.
What would thrive there please? I am considering an Amur Maple or Tartarian Maple. I was told to think about some kind of birch but they probably will get too big for this location. If I want a flowering tree, what are my choices please?
I also think that something with multiple stems would give it that architectural statement during winter, which is most of the year here! LOL! What are my choices for a multi-stem clump there please? Oh no, no aspen please! Everybody and their cousin has an aspen around me! LOL I need something more different.... how about an Amelanchier Autumn Brilliance? Or would that be too big for this area?
If I don't go with the multi-stem route, how about a Japanese Silk Lilac? Would that tolerate moist soil well? What other flowering trees would do well in this location please?
Thanks in advance for your advice!