I wanted to get your attention. "Mom" is a sure way to get mine. I react to a bellowed "Mom" even when I am fully aware my children are far away.
I need to borrow your brain again. We have a need to buy two new trees this spring. One is to go in the dog run, to replace the one that died last summer. The other will replace a 30 year old birch which is clearly on its last legs. I hate to see that big tree go, but I fear it will fall on my house! Worse, perhaps, I will be able to see my neighbour's yard when the birch is gone. The neighbour is extremely eccentric and his yard looks, sorry to say, like a junk yard.
So, I "urgently" need two deciduous trees - one for shade for the poor dogs, one to block an unwelcome vista. I need ones that will grow quickly, but my yard is small so I don't need a 40 foot tree. The yard has a south/west orientation, but in an old neighborhood with some big evergreens which block some sun.
My partner has a low tolerance for anything that sheds anything except leaves. Our big Manitoba Maple and the flowering crab drive him nuts (I love them!). Poplar is out. We started looking last fall, and a lilac tree was recommended (my neatnik partner can live with petals and he is handy with a pruner).
I was wondering about the Prunus Serrula you recommended to someone else - it sounded beautiful - what rate of growth could we expect? Does anything else spring to mind?