tree creator tree chopping question

So I am coming into Unity from Unreal 4. In unreal i had a tree chopping system that I was curious of how to do here. Unreal had a terrain editor where I could put my tree model in and it would paint it to the terrain as a static mesh. The blueprint i made was when I did a line trace (raycast for unity) , i could get close to the tree, left click and it would remove the static tree mesh and simulateansly add the physics enabled tree in its place and fall over. I assumed that the static mesh would be better in large volumes than hundreds of physics enabled meshes as far as performance. From what I can see in unity, the terrain tool also paints via a static mesh type of model with collision. Is this better on performance than putting hundreds of rigidbody tree meshes in by hand? If so, how can I script it so that the tree model I have painted via the terrain tools, can disappear on left click and be replaced at the same time with a rigid body tree?

Basically you need to Setup Colliders for a Raycast => if I’m right UnityTerrainCollider will merge all TreeColliders in to one(TerrainCollider), so you won’t be able to get quite a specific Information for your Ray. So you have to setup Colliders for each Tree.

fyi => UnityTerrain stores Instances of all the Tree’s in an Array TreeInstances which hold’s some Information (PrototypeIndex(Prefab Information)) Position, Rotation) but you have to do some work to Use TreeInstance / PrototypeIndex.

using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using UnityEngine;
using System;
using System.Linq;

public class choptree : MonoBehaviour
{
    Terrain ter;
    TerrainData ted;
    List<GameObject> Colliders;
    void OnEnable(){

        ter = Terrain.activeTerrain;
        ted = ter.terrainData;
        Colliders = new List<GameObject>();

        int TerrainMultiplier = ted.heightmapWidth * ted.heightmapHeight;


        // Checkthrough all Instances
        for (int i = 0; i<ted.treeInstances.Length;i++){
            GameObject tree = ted.treePrototypes[ted.treeInstances*.prototypeIndex].prefab;*

CapsuleCollider tempCol;
//Get Collider from Original prefab (right now just Capsule Collider)
if(tree.GetComponent() != null){
tempCol = tree.GetComponent();
}if(tree.GetComponentInChildren() != null){
tempCol = tree.GetComponentInChildren();
}else{
tempCol = new CapsuleCollider();
}

//Spawn Collider GameObject

GameObject tempGo = new GameObject();
tempGo.name = i.ToString();

//Get Position of WorldPos

Vector3 worldPos = ted.treeInstances*.position - ter.transform.position;*
worldPos.x /= ted.size.x;
worldPos.y /= ted.size.y;
worldPos.z /= ted.size.z;
worldPos *= TerrainMultiplier;
tempGo.transform.position = worldPos;

//Add a Collider to the right Position.
tempGo.AddComponent();
tempGo.GetComponent().height = tempCol.height;
tempGo.GetComponent().radius = tempCol.radius;
tempGo.GetComponent().center = tempCol.center;

//CleanUp Hirarchy
tempGo.transform.parent = ter.transform;
tempGo.hideFlags = HideFlags.HideInHierarchy;
Colliders.Add(tempGo);
}
}

void Update()
{
RaycastHit hit;
if(Physics.Raycast(Camera.main.ScreenPointToRay(Input.mousePosition),out hit)){
//Check for Input and if hit is a valid target in CollidersList
if(Input.GetMouseButtonUp(0) && Colliders.Any(x => x.name == hit.transform.name)){
int i = Int32.Parse(hit.transform.name);
Debug.Log(i);
var instances = ted.treeInstances.ToList();
//Get treeIndex for Spawning sameTree.
var index = ted.treeInstances*.prototypeIndex;*
GameObject FallenTree = Instantiate(ted.treePrototypes[index].prefab,Colliders*.transform.position,Quaternion.identity,ter.transform);*
//Remove TreeInstance from Terrain and CollidersList
instances.RemoveAt(i);
Colliders.RemoveAt(i);
//update treeInstance Array from Terrain
ted.treeInstances = instances.ToArray();
}
}

}
}

Thank you for the answer. I think the basic rigid body tree replacing the one from tree creator would be more efficient as its just using the basic physics of it thus knocking it down, not really needing to animate that. The core of my question was how do i instatiate a rigidbody tree model in the exact same spot as the tree creator tree, and then at the same time make the tree creator one disappear.