looking for shade tree recommendations (central OK)
Sadly, it appears that both of my Autumn Blaze maples will need to be replaced this fall. This time around, I want to be sure I'm selecting the right trees for my climate and soil, as well as ensure that they are planted correctly.
I live in a northern suburb of Oklahoma City, in central Oklahoma, where it is hot and dry in the summers, and can be pretty windy sometimes too. The soil is heavy clay and probably tends toward alkaline. My house was built in 2009 and it appears that the builders removed most of the topsoil if there was any to start with. My south-facing yard gets full sun all day, and the lawn is Bermuda, which I do not water or do anything with other than mow and dig weeds by hand.
Since my house faces south, a shade tree in the front yard is a top priority. My house is one storey and my lot is not very big, so I don't want something that will grow to 100' tall or anything. I would prefer something that I don't have to baby excessively or run a high risk of losing. Due to our winds, I don't want anything that is prone to losing limbs. And of course nothing with roots that could damage the foundation, sidewalk, driveway, etc.
I am partial to maples and birches (probably because they are what I grew up with in Canada). I am guessing that birches are probaby not a good idea even though a few lots in my neighborhood have them, but I would like to hear from anyone who has experience with the birch cultivar 'Duraheat'.
I love fall color, particularly red, and trees with burgundy foliage any time of year.
I am also interested in edible landscaping, so if there is anything that meets the other criteria and also provides edible nuts or fruits, that would be a plus. I know pecan trees grow well here - are there any smaller varieties that might work for me?
On the other thread inquiring about the fate of my Autumn Blaze maples, I received some excellent suggestions which included Caddo maple (John Pair or Autumn Splendor), Chinese pistache, and the Fire Dragon cultivar of shantung maple, which also has beautiful fall color. I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with any of these trees, particularly in my climate and soils. Also, if you have other recommendations for me, please list them.
Thank you very much,