Following the tragic end to our 150+ year old oak tree, J— and I have looked for alternatives that would at least attempt to replace our hallowed tree. The front yard looks simply bereft without the shadow branches that once were the identity of our home. We know that even living in our home for 30+ years will not yield a tree worthy of the previous’ former glory, so our options became: decorative object (a la fountain), rosebud tree (they are so lovely), or new oak/maple.
Decorative object: Ultimately rejected because it would be far too small and I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of Grecian goddess-adorned yards.
Rosebud tree: Lovely coloring in the Spring, but will never grow large enough to balance the left-side of the yard and doesn’t fit with the character of the native oaks/maples/et al of our neighborhood.
New oak/maple: We’ve decided to take one of the many tree upstarts in our yard (I’m constantly pulling out these prolific seeders) and make that our focal point. The original oak was an upstart himself and led a long, happy life until the end. No, this will never be the 6 foot+ diameter tree of its predecessor in our lifetimes, but it will stand as an homage to the circle of life.