Urban tree options/Zone 6/understory options?
I have an urban property here in Connecticut, and I am about to get rid of a large white pine in my north-facing yard, which is sick, and much too large for the area.
I would like to plant something unusual, either flowering or fruiting, that will do okay in a northern exposure with somewhat reduced noon sun. A small Star magnolia or dogwood are possibilities. Azalea perhaps? I even considered a chinese chestnut which might be nice. I have seen cherry trees do well in town and bear nicely... The idea of either fruit or nuts from my own tree really appeals to me...
I am open to suggestions!