Replacing A Tree

May 17, 2013 in Landscaping by Joe

There is this evergreen tree right off the front porch that was left untrimmed for who knows how long. It was overtaking our porch and the neighbors driveway so I had to trim the tree. There were branches cris-crossing all over the place so I attempted to make it look better last summer by hacking away a good amount of overgrowth. Afterwards it did look better but this year the darn thing is just annoying every time I look at it. For some odd reason hornets seem to like it too, got stung in the nose while trimming away. There were like 4 nests in the dam tree.

overgrown evergreen evergreen next to porch

We’ve decided to replace this eye-sore of a tree but I’m having a difficult time deciding on what tree or shrub to replace it with. As you can see the area won’t allow for anything that spreads too far. We’ll be replanting a little further away from the porch which will give us a tiny bit more room.

Here are my current thoughts…

Japanese Maple – Love the form and structure of these trees, the dainty leaves and the deep purple color. The only down side is they grow so darn slow and you never really know how tall it’s going to get. Our porch is rather pronounced and a 3 foot tree would look just ridiculous sitting there for 5 years.

Weeping Cherry – OK now these I absolutely love! You can get ones that get massive and some that stay small 10′ x 6-8′. Weeping trees are just fun to look at, and a weeping cherry is just awesome when it blooms.

Lilac – Their intoxicating smell that you can smell blocks away is enough for this to be in the running. The only thing I don’t like, when they aren’t blooming it’s a boring looking shrub.

Rose of Sharon – Not much needs to be said about this tree/shrub, it’s just darn pretty! My grandmother grew giant dinner plate hibiscus (Swamp Mallow) in her flower garden and to this day it is my favorite flower. Every time I see one I think of her.

I had some other choices but they have escaped my mind at the moment. I’m pretty sure I know what we are going to end up with (weeping cherry), but I’m not sure if that’s really the right thing to plant there. I don’t really care what it ends up being as long as it either flowers, or looks pretty if it doesn’t flower.

What would you plant in such a restricted space?