'clean' tree ideas please
We had a pool installed last summer and need to get rid of a messy birch tree that rains catkins and then seeds into the pool all season long.
We're looking to replace the tree with another deciduous tree but with the requirement that it be a "clean" tree that won't drop much during the swimming season here in 6b, which would be late May to late Sept./early October.
The site is full sun, average soil (not too sandy, not all clay), well drained, somewhat protected from harsh winter winds.
Looking for any size deciduous tree that is "clean" - would prefer something for wildlife but will consider anything. Out of the myriad deciduous trees on our property, the only "clean" ones we have are Katsura and male Gingko. I know they'll drop their leaves, but I can live with that late in the season. I'll take a nice flowering tree as long as the flowers drop by late May and produce little to no fruit.
Is there a birch species that would fit my requirements? I do love that birch tree but it must go.
Ash is out of the question due to emerald ash borer.
Katsura and Gingko are out because we already have those.
A red-leaved specimen would be a bonus, but not necessary.
Sorry this is so long, I look forward to ideas!