Flowering tree for Wayne Co.

Asked January 29, 2020, 11:53 AM EST

Had a damaged Cleveland pear tree removed including the trunk. Need a replacement flowering tree. Is a dogwood suitable? Can it go in the same place? Already have a Serviceberry. Any other recommendations?

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for your question.

A flowering dogwood tree is a wonderful plant if the site has a partial shade to full sun and moist, well drained, and slightly acid soil. Although this tree is listed as hardy in zone 5, it's best to buy a plant from a northern seed source. (Ask the sales person at the garden center.)

Here are a few other options for consideration:
  • Eastern Redbud, Cercis candensis (several cultivars)
  • Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus or Chionanthus retusus
  • Pagoda dogood, Cornus alternifolia
  • Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa
  • Seven-son Flower, Heptacodium miconoides
  • Little Girl Magnolia (Magnolia soulangeana x M stellate) –Jane, Ann, Betty, July, Pinkie, Randy, Ricki, Susan
  • Flowering crabapple, Malus spp.
  • Japanese Tree Lilac, Syringa reticulata
Be sure to assess the site conditions (e.g. light, soil type, drainage, exposure to salt and wind) and select the plant with site preferences that best match what's there. This data base will provide the information on each of these plants: http://hort.uconn.edu/.

Hope this is helpful.