Buckthorn replacement?

I am looking for a replacement for our buckthorns. I recently found out about their invasiveness and would like to remove them.
However, finding a replacement has been impossible! I have a particular spot by my house and deck that requires a shrub/tree to be 3' wide, 12'-15' tall. Could anyone recommend something (anything!) in that size? This is for zone 5.
If I can't find a suitable replacement, I was thinking of removing the female plants. No berries = no spreading, except in the (contained) bed in my yard. What do you think?
Thanks,
Max
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Max wrote:

How about an old-fashioned lilac?
Bob
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Max) wrote:

If you're not in Europe where its native you should just get rid of them. If you got rid of just the females, the males would still be pollinating far & wide. The danger is not so much that they seed all over your garden (which they do) because so do cotoneasters & hawthornes & holly & much else, but the threat is to the woodland areas where buckthorns quickly spread their seeds, where they easily out-compete & displace native shrubs, & the fruits sicken or occasionally kill birds which are not accustomed to the invader shrub.
Doublecheck for your zone because I can't always remember what grows down to zone 5, but choices I am pretty sure would meet your needs for size & cold-hardiness include Western and/or Saskatoon Serviceberry, American Witchhazel (blooms in winter), native hazels, black twinberry, native elderberries or elderberry cultivars (extremely fast growing), highbush cranberry (Viburnum trilobum, edule, opulus, or sargentiana are all lovely; check out what other viburnums might be native to your region), flowering grey dogwood (Cornus racemosa), pagoda dogwood (C. alternifolia), flowering button willow (Cephalanthus occidentalis), western syringa/mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii; there is a double-flowering cultivar worth tracking down), Sitka mountain ash (Sorbus sitchensis), or bladdernut (Staphylea trifoliata) named for its bizarre fruit.
There are no doubt many more possibilities but even just the ones I've named are such interesting shrubs that you might not want to stick to just one or two kinds; if there's room for several shrubs plant an array of several species. This could be a blessing in disguise, getting rid of crappy shrubs & having room for an array of great ones. There are many more shrubs probably smaller than you're after, but if you get an array of different things you will not want them all to be the same height, so could fill in with something like chokeberry or fothergilla. There may be additional things like semi-dwarf plums, vine maples, particularly hardy Japanese maple cultivars, for which zone 5 is the low-end stretch, but as you're planting near the house they would be quite protected & have some risidual warmth from the house.
-paghat the ratgirl
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paghat wrote:

If you like Japanese maples but live too far north for them, look at the Korean maples; they are basicly the same thing but are more cold hardy.
Best regards, Bob, in zone 4
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Try Swedish Columnar Aspen or a narrow cedar.
Derryl snipped-for-privacy@shaw.ca

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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com (Max) wrote:

How would a nice columnar Juniper look in that spot? Something like 'Blue Point' or 'Skyrocket' would fit.

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Thanks to all for the suggestions. At first google, it looks like one of the columnar Junipers oughta work just fine.
Regards,
Max
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