Advise - tree to replace our Bradford Pear
We have a 30+ year old Bradford Pear (approx 30-35' tall) that unfortunately took a severe hit in the Philadelphia area ice storm and lost a major limb and is split to the base of the trunk. Several tree arborists have advised us to remove it (only one told us to save it with cabling).
After much debate we have decided to remove the tree and would love some advise on what would be the best tree to replace it based on our location and needs.
Here are the facts and what we are looking for:
-Zone 6 (7a if you look at the new zone map)
-Tree is located on southeast corner of house and gets partial sun due to the south end of our lot being against woods.
-Prefer a flowering tree (or at the very least a visually interesting tree) since that side of the house is near the woods and everything else is just a sea of green in the background.
-Tree is located next to our back wood deck and also could overhang our front flagstone porch so we would prefer a tree that isn't messy or drops any staining fruit.
-A plus would be a fragrant tree but don't want to attract too many bees (again near deck where our dining table is) or birds (don't want bird poo stains on deck or porch). Some ok...just don't want swarms of bees or birds.
-Tree is approx 9' from house. Can't really place it any further from house due to slopped lot. Need a tree that doesn't get too wide. As it was our Bradford Pear had to be constantly trimmed away from our house
--Lot slopes at that end of house, deck is 8'+ high at the top of the railing. Would like a tree that is tall and offers us privacy so when we sit on our deck we don't see our neighbors. Thinking we are needing at least 20' tall.
- Would like a fast grower that will offer us privacy soon, but also want a tree that is going to last a long time (so disease resistant and storm resistant). good thing is the house does provide a great deal of shelter to the tree.
-House is red brick, 2 story tall colonial
Thinking we need a narrow, upright, columnar or pyramidal tree. Debating whether we replace with another stronger sturdier pear like Chanticlear or Cleveland. Any other suggestions?