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Old 03-12-2012, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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We just cut down an elm tree in front of the house; typical of our area it had many of its branches amputated and looked awful (to me). Now the area looks naked, plus it had been a popular spot for birds to perch in between trips to my porch birdfeeders.

The area is right under power lines. The lines are about as high as our two story roof, maybe slightly higher. I would like to plant something else in the area that won't interfere with the power lines, but not leave the spot so empty looking. I also really love birds and I liked that the birds had a tree to perch in nearby, almost right in front of our living room picture window.

We are in zone 6 (right on the line between 6a and 6b) in Missouri. What do you suggest I plant?

(If it matters, it won't be in the same exact spot; the tree has a little rock circle around it with poppies and irises inside of it, and we are going to kill off the elm stump and leave the stump there surrounded by the flowers. So we don't have the issue of digging up a stump and working with that exact hole. We'll probably be going at least a few feet outside of the rock circle area.)
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Japanese Maple
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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I would suggest forsythia or rhododendron for shrubs and a dogwood or red bud for trees. They are all flowering and a welcome sight in Spring.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Maybe first check to see if the utility has a right of way. You may not be able to put anything there, or they may have a say in what can be planted.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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Plant a Holly Tree. You get a Christmas card front lawn in winter and they're slow growing so they won't get too high too fast. Birds love them to hide in. I don't know if they eat the berries or not. Only the females get berries although you'll need a male somewhere nearby. I know they bloom in Spring and have a pretty nice smell.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Reston
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The Missouri Botanical Garden has an excellent Plant Finder search tool-

Plant Finder

If you fill in your criteria in the advanced search it will give you many great choices.
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