Ideas for a Focal Point Tree
I need to find a tree to replace the flowering plum that was in the bed between mine and my neighbors house. This bed boarders our two concret driveways and the public sidewalk. It is exposed to full. I consider it a fairly harsh location since there is no shelter from the wind or frost etc that most of my yard has. I know that we don't have the harsh full sun that other parts of the country have, but this area bakes during the August hot spells.
The neighborhood is about 17 years old and has many mature trees, the plum that was there was very sickly for many years before I decided to remove it. I want to replace it with something very showy that will stay a reasonable size. I was thinking of a Stewartia, but would love to hear some other ideas.
The whole bed needs rejuvenating, so some suggestions for a companion planting would be nice. The bed is about 15'x15' long. The neighbor owns 1/3 the planting bed and he just has a couple of low shrubs.