Asked on Jun 22, 2013
Zone 7 fast-growing, shade tree recommendations?
Our 17 year old Bradford pear came down in a storm last week (yea, no surprise there if you're familiar with them). It was in the middle of our north facing front yard, and had grown quite large, so now the yard seems very strange and bare. As much as I'd like some instant shade, I know that won't happen again till I'm a very old lady. I'm considering something not too giant such as a River Birch, or a Sweetbay Magnolia. Any thoughts on those? Also, what is the evergreen Magnolia that can be shaped like a shade tree that stay under 60 ft at maturity?