Katsura or stewartia? Irrational choices?
I normally post on the rose forum but I have a tree question. Which tree (probably neither) could work in this space?
The planting space abuts a path about 15' from our back door and only about 3' from a path. It would be alright if the tree eventually hung over the path. I'm thinking about Japanese Stewartia or Katsura.
Both might be irrational choices for various reasons. The area gets full sun so I'm wondering about the light being too much for them. I'm also fairly certain the Katsura could be way too big. I wasn't even considering it until I saw one at the nursery and fell in love with the structure of the tree and it's foliage. What about the Stewartia? Also too big to be planted so close to a house, path and patio?
Our soil is fairly acid. Not a lot of clay but some. The tree would need to tolerate some pruning to keep the path clear. Could I limb it up in a way that would be attractive and practical? Am I trying to put a square peg in a round hole?