I am hoping someone can give me some info about the Amur Cherry and Amur Maple. My homebuilder has planted an Amur Cherry in my fairly small front yard, and I am not sure if I want to keep it. I'm not such a big fan of berry trees because of the 'mess' caused when they fall and squish, and I read online that the amur cherry would likely be 40ft tall with a 20-30 ft diameter. Eek! That sounds huge! I was reading someone else's post on here a couple months ago and fell in love with the Amur Maple. I LOVE autumn, and that is one breathtaking fall tree. My mother-in-law tells me that it's bad for roots going into the water/sewer lines...is this true? The water main for my street is situated pretty much directly below the location where my Amur Cherry is currently planted (and even if I switched the tree out, I'd likely replant in the same locale, unless advised otherwise).
Any advise on the trees I mentioned, or direction to entirely different trees would be greatly appreciated. I live just outside Edmonton, Alberta. (North Central Alberta). I'm guessing my yard is about 800-900 sq.ft. (split at the centre by my front sidewalk).