Is pine a crazy choice for a front ornamental tree?
So...I have been thinking about this for quite a while but still couldn't come up with the ONE tree I can plant at the front corner of my house.
Today I happened to drive by some older neighborhood (40-50 years?). Most of them have one giant tree on the front yard close by the sidewalk (oak or maple or evergreen, all taller than 50ft-60ft), and smaller multi trunk type trees near the houses. I couldn't figure out what were those trees as none had any leaves or flowers yet (even though they did, I wouldn't know..). But they were mostly multi-trunked. Must be redbud, dogwood, magnolia, serviceberry etc.
Then I saw this one house with a gorgeous pine tree. A pine tree as the front corner tree was not a familiar scene to me but it worked for that house, and the tree was so pretty. It was about 20-30 tall with the most graceful shape. There was a trunk up to about 10 ft height and then there was a cone-shaped canopy as in kids could walk around underneath it. The pine leaves were light green. Maybe it was because it's winter time, so the evergreen tree among all the skeletons stood out. But it looked very pretty.
So.. is a pine tree as an ornamental tree common/acceptable in your area? What kind of pine tree could this be? Where do I start the search? I searched pine and front yard here but found not much info. I googled "pine tree" and they all look different from what I saw.
My front yard if facing east. The corner I have in mind is north-east. Soil's clay. Zone 6A. Drainage is okay but not great. Watering is no problem.
Sorry no pic of the tree. We just drove by..