Need a solo shrub/tree to replace the Japanese maple

green_goJune 8, 2014

This past brutal winter killed my red thread-leaf Japanese maple.
I need to replace it with something, but I have no idea what to choose. I don't want another Japanese maple - it is too fussy and unreliable in my climate. I need something that is slow growing and will not outgrow its space quickly and also will contrast nicely with Bird's nest spruces and blue hostas.
Here is the picture of the corner with dead Japanese maple still there nested between 3 spruces. The area is facing East, so it gets all morning sun until maybe 1 PM. Any advices?

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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

You could look into a Black Lace Zambucus. Those can die back each year but will still get quite large. Mine took about three years for it to hit its stride, and now it is beautiful every year. It can be pruned to a tree form. I think it was known as the Japanese maple of the north.

Or you can also try to find a standard physocarpus which appear to be more readily available these days. If you want to stick with the dark or reddish/purple leaf colors.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:26PM
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IanW Zone 5 Ont. Can.

Try a small weeping pea tree (Caragana)

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:23AM
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You know what would look awesome there?
A purple leaf sandcherry shrub.
Wow! That would look gorgeous there.
I wish I could grow them in zone 8, but it's too hot here.
My girlfriend in zone 8, in PA, has one, and it's a winner.
It won't grow too big either, and it's an eye catcher, I don't know what I like better, the fllowers in spring, or the purple foilage all summer.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 10:40PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

PA has a zone 8????

single leader de groots spire .. see link ... single leader is imperative ...

i would want a strong vertical there

could we see a pic of the whole side of the house ... do your beds all look shrimpy as compared to the height of the house???

you give us a pic of the spot... and then ask us for ideas .. well??? ... we have to see the whole.. to give inspired ideas ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:20AM
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