Shade tree suggestions for heavy clay soil?
Moved into my new house in Tennessee this spring. Not a single tree on my property. Back yard is appx. 1/2 acre and soil is heavy orange clay and fairly rocky. The most commonly ocurring trees in this area are Hickories,Cedars, Scrubby type Oaks and Locust ( I think, there are thorns on them). Would like to plant a few different large growing shade trees other than these. First priority is to survive the soil, second is not to be a nuisance tree and third is fall color. Nurseries in this area typically carry Red and Silver maples ( Silver too brittle for my taste ), Pin Oaks, Sycamores, Birches and Tulip Poplar. I may have to mail order to get a better selection. Any suggestions are welcomed.