Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:48
Hi Jess in the Garden and Blairs, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't receive a notification that I'd had any replies so missed your wonderful suggestions.
I had to decide fairly quickly and have gone for Sorbus Eastern Promise that isn't too big and has the AGM so fingers crossed they'll be ok.
Many thanks for your interest though.
Regarding Witch Hazel, I always thought that the twisted variety was really untidy until a visit to Ireland showed me otherwise. At a B&B we stayed in they had a mature tree where they had pruned the lower branches up to about four feet from the ground. It was beautifully sculptural, didn't block the light and made a great place to hang lots of bird feeders. Fab!