Need to Find the Right Tree Please

(Question)

Hello! I live in a townhouse condo in Bowmanville, ON and have a small backyard space. I used to have a Manitoba Maple, that has since been removed. Now I am left with an open space and a view of the neighbour’s yard (he has many cedars on his property line, which are now MUCH higher than the ones in the photo I am attaching, but I can still see his house). I would like to plant a new tree in that space. I need something that will grow fairly tall without being overly large…just enough to fill in the space, especially height. My yard receives quite a bit of sunshine. The existing soil is clay-based. I would GREATLY appreciate any helpful suggestions for a tree that you could give to me. I am attaching a photo (best one I have, as my house is currently rented). There is a just a little more space on the left with a flowerbed (just like on the right), and you can see the start of the deck at the bottom of the photo. I would like a tree that is big enough to create intimacy and privacy, yet, one that is not so large that it will make anyone complain :) Thank you so much!!

 

 

(Answer)

Thank you for your inquiry. From your photo it is difficult to determine the exact size of your backyard space so it is difficult to suggest one type of tree. The fact that your neighbour has planted a hedge of cedars I would suggest a medium deciduous tree that would not dwarf your yard.

There are a large number of medium size trees which would be lovely for your space. The following is a list of just a few of them. I would suggest a field trip to your local nursery to check out the various trees available.

1) Paperbark Maple ( Acer griseum): 7mx5m, Oval-shaped tree with cinnamon-red bark that peels like birch and green leaves that turn bright reddish-orange in the fall. Grows in sun or part-shade.

2)Eastern Redbud ( Cercis canadensis) : 4mx5m, Bright purplish-pink blooms are borne in clusters, before the leaves, along smooth gray branches. Heart-shaped leaves emerge bronze, turning green, then yellow in autumn.

3)Ivory Silk Lilac ( Syringa reticulata ‘Ivory Silk’) : 8mx5m, Oval-shaped compact tree with large clusters of creamy-white flowers in late June. Grows in full sun and part shade.

4) Crimson Cloud Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’): 8mx4m, oval head with upright, spreading , wavy branches and small, glossy green foliage. Bright red single flowers with white centers, appear in early June followed by small glossy red fruit in September. Grows in full sun.

The following websites contain a more detailed lists of medium sized trees between 15-25′ : https://www.mortonarb.org/tree-plant-advice/article/628/small-ornamental-trees-15-25-feet.html,   https://apps.rhs.org.uk/AdviceSearch/Profile.aspx?pid=117

Happy planting!