I’m looking for a shade tree to replace a Norway maple that I’m in the process of removing. I’m located in central PA zone 7. The site is approximately twenty feet away from my house. I’m looking for something long lived, durable, and hopefully one that won’t attract excess deer, squirrels, etc. Anything close to fitting the bill will thrive here?
evergreens give the best shade here year round and dont lose leaves every fall. the fastest growing here is the norway spruce. they make great windbreaks also and arent prone to branches breaking off in storms.
The previous tree was at least 60 to 80 feet tall I’m guessing. I want something large enough to provide some shade for the house in the summer. Hopefully a variety that wont cause the same issue that my norway maple did in my lifetime.
Im from a different continent so can’t advise on if they will thrive in your specific climate.
Walnuts probably are disqualified due to squirl atractiveness.
For some more special/beautiful large tree’s you could try and find out if the following might thrive in your spot/climate
Whithe fragrent flowers up to 12" in size. Saw this tree on holiday. Was amazing!!.
And it’s evergreen.
Has the most amazing leafs. That start of fold in half and incredible tiny. they slowly enlarge, than fold open, and keep enlarging. Verry special growth of the leaves.
Nice fall colours and special flowers. Can get really old and tall.
Why didn’t you like the Norway maple? I planted a crimson king last year and am considering a Princeton gold this year. I read that grass tends to not do too well under them but the ones I’ve seen around here doesn’t look bad at all to me. I planted a few red oaks, red maples and a bur oak in the yard also.
I allowed this awful tree to live to try and shade my paw paws for a few years thinking it was the staghorn sumac which does give food to other animals and does good things to the soil. This tree smells awful and does not help the soil and gives life to basically nothing. Suckers everywhere if you mow them you end up leaving little bamboo stakes for your dogs or wifes feet.
It would be awful if someone was using a stand of them and damaging the trees to draw in and create a pest or disease to remove the pox
I planted a bald cypress as a shade tree in my yard in zone 7 central North Carolina. Not really native this far inland, but still winter hardy. I think they’re beautiful with unique shape and feathery green needles that turn a reddish orange in fall. They are deciduous, but the needles are very small and don’t need raking. And since they don’t keep their needles through the winter, they don’t drop massive branches during ice storms like pine trees do around here. They don’t form knees on well-drained sites, and they grow much more quickly than I expected - a couple of feet per year. They can live for hundreds of years.