Answer: I like the sound of that -- renaissance committee! How about hardy crape myrtle? These are semi-dwarf trees that grow just 7' tall and bloom profusely, and leaves turn red in fall. There are also Amelanchier species (shadblow, juneberry are common names). They bloom snowy white in early spring, have small fruit that birds enjoy, and turn fabulous golden orange-red in fall. Dwarf crab and cherry trees will drop some fruit, but the payoff is those bountiful blooms and vibrant foliage. I don't have specific varieties to recommend, but your state arborist/urban forestry/parks department should have a list available to municipalities. It's a good idea to have a mixed planting, too, to reduce the likelyhood of epidemics of pest/disease problems - stability in diversity. Best of luck!
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