best type of tree for Long Island NY

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Old 06-01-06, 07:43 PM
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best type of tree for Long Island NY

I am thinking about planting a tree in our back year. We are in long Island NY which I believe is zone 6 or 7.
I want to plant this new tree about 15 feet away from our house but next to our deck to provide shade during summer months.
I also wanted to plant a tree that has strong wood and it is not susceptible to storms and strong winds.
Also a tree that does not have a great deal of sap or other stuff that would create more work for me for clean up.
Is there such a tree?
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Old 06-03-06, 08:47 AM
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I did a google with the term:
native tree + Long Island, NY
and found this site.
http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/Suff...wers/ferns.htm

You're going to have to carefully look at the mature crown as well as root spread. I have the Shadblow - Amelanchier in my front yard. There are different varieties and some grow as multitrunked and can take up quite a bit of space. Their roots will surface after about 20 years. The berries are VERY messy, but the birds gobble them up quickly. Even still, for about 2 or 3 weeks every early summer we trek berries into the house.

I'm thinking the Witchhazel - Hamamelis virginiana might be your best bet. A mature crown of a 30' maximum spread is going to be difficult. Hang on to this site as it has loads of great info about mature height and width, surface roots, tree litter, etc.
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/index.htm

Newt
 
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