Looking For A Tree With Red Leaves
Our house is bordered by a forest and we'd like to visually set off the border between our property and the forest line with a row of trees (about 90 ft of length to work with) with a different color than the green forest.
We were thinking about Thundercloud Plums but then read a lot of negatives about them (scales, beatles, short life-span, etc). They would be perfect if not for these issues. A local nursery suggested King Crimson maples but we think the color of the leaves are too dark (more a dark purple than a red). They also recommended Japanese maples but they are too expensive and too slow to grow.
The actual line of planting is east to west so the area is full sun. There are deer in the area but we havent seen them near our property for a couple of years.
So the questions are ...
1) Are the Thundercloud plums really that bad?
2) Are there any alternatives to the Thundercloud plums (reddish leaves and grow in full sun)?