replace Bradford pear tree - Knowledgebase Question

Northville, mi
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Question by lschwel
October 9, 2009
Hello, I had a nice Bradford Pear tree, about 15 years, that blew over in a recent wind storm. I would like advice about a replacement tree.
Criteria: spring ornamental, will not grow overly large but should provide some shade, pretty in fall, hardy to winds from the west. Clay like soil. Planted in a garden area with no other trees around.

Should I plant now or wait til spring? thanks for your advice!

Answer from NGA
October 9, 2009
You can plant now but you'll have a better selection of trees to choose from in the spring when new stock arrives. Crabapple, redbud (Cercis canadensis), and goldenrain (Koelreuteria) would all be possible choices for a windy spot. Crabapples are available in a wide range of sizes depending on type, so check that along with its disease resistance which also varies widely by type. Redbuds are small trees in the 25 foot range, and goldenrain is slightly larger to about 30 feet.

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