tree selection advice
Since I moved into my house 3 yrs ago, I've been lucky enough to have my yard shaded by an old black oak in an adjacent property. A few weeks ago, a huge branch fell from it and after inspection by an arborist, it was deemed beyond rescue and had to come down. The last pic I took of it (some limbs already removed):
It was cut down last week and now my back yard feels like a desert. I've planted about 6 B&B trees over the past few years, but none are large enough to provide any real shade for that area now or in the near future.
I've been holding off planting a tree in this area of the yard in case I eventually sold the house to someone who wanted to undo everything I've done (ripped out carpath and plantings) so as to use the garage to actually park a car in. I'm not concerned about that anymore and want to plant a relatively fast-growing, large, native this fall.
Open to any other suggestions, but here is what I narrowed my list down to:
- Scarlet Oak
- Sweet Gum
- Black Gum, fruiting female
- Quercus macrophylla (can't find much info on this but it was offered as an option from the nursery I deal with)
- Eastern white pine
My top preferences for the tree would be: growth rate to provide shade, medium to large size, benefit to wildlife, native to PA.