Removing Huge Shade Tree, Need Replacement Suggestions
We need to remove a huge Norway Maple (24" diameter, about 80' tall) from our tiny yard in Boston. The space is 36' x 22' with the tree in the southeast corner. We have loved living with this tree -- the shade has been wonderful for us and all our neighbors that gather in our patio area. But... the central trunk was cut off by the previous owners (maybe 15 years ago). The tree has 3 very large limbs around the central stump. The stump has become hollow and we see squirrels going in there all the time. We've been told by an arborist that the tree should be removed. We had our fingers crossed during the recent severe storm that came through. All the neighbors did, too! Whichever direction it fell in, it would take out a house! So... we want to replace the tree with another shade tree and have a hardscape that doesn't get warped by big top roots. We need both shade and a privacy screen. And, we're getting up there in years, so we also want a farily fast-growing tree (we're going to allocate a chunk of change to getting a bigger tree to go in there). So, suggestions... what to consider, what to look out for (no messy or smelly tree issues, please), and any other ideas you might have.