I currently have a small Sergeant Crab tree in a front garden bed which grew ok but because of the moisture in the soil, needed to be moved. The rounded raised bed is at the Southwest front corner of the house in a raised bed that allows height but only about 10 feet of total width before hitting the house/roof. The bed is topsoil but has a tendency to stay wet/damp due to the clay at the base. What kind of tree do you recommend as a replacement? Dogwoods, Redbuds and Serviceberrys were recommended bit the last we are not real fans of. How about a Cinderella crabapple, or Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud or a Dappled Willow that is topgrafted on standard?
MIchigan Ornamental Trees for a Front Garden Bed
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I would encourage you to contact your local County Extension Office for recommendations for your specific growing area.
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Here are some articles that will help you with a planting selection.