Question: On this coming Monday, we are having a 75-year old maple tree removed. I would like to replace it with a small weeping tree (not growing over 8-10 ft.). Do you think this is wise? Or, do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Rather than plant it in exactly the same spot, I would plant it nearby. The old roots will be rotting and with a massive tree, even if you fill in the stump hole, this can cause some soil settlement over the next five years or so. You might try one of the smaller weeping crabapples such as Molten Lava or Tina. Another possibility might be one of the smaller weeping cherries such as Cheal's. (Snow Fountains is a lovely one but will be bigger than you want.) Your local professional nursery staff should be able to show you a selection of newer disease resistant crabapples and other trees.

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