I'm thinking of replacing an ugly evergreen shrub in my front yard with a flowering tree of some kind. The location on which I'll be placing the tree is overshaded by some very large old oaks, so I'm looking for something which:
- is relatively short (ideally 10-15')
- has attractive spring and/or fall colors
- tolerates shade well
- grows in hardiness zone 4
Based on my own searches I'm looking at an Eastern Redbud, but I'm worried that my location is too shaded for the redbud to thrive. The surrounding oaks shadow the potential location for all but a few hours of the day, and if the redbud really needs "full sun" as described, I don't think it will do well.
Does anyone have experience planting redbuds in shaded locations? Is there another tree that meets my requirements that would do better?