I am looking for a good street tree to plant in an area between a house and driveway. There is about 17 feet of space in this area. Homeowner removed a sugar maple that was growng in this spot because he was concerned about roots near the foundation. He also didn't want so much shade on that part of the house. I looked at some trees at a local nursery, and two that I am considering is a sourwood and a skyline locust. Obviously, the locust would grow much faster and larger, but the small leaves would let some dappled sunlight filter through. My concern with the locust is that I have read about some susceptibility to disease. Does anyone have any opinions about the skyline locust?
What about the sourwood? Looks like a nice tree from what I have read, but it seems to be very slow growing. Does anyone have any experience with the sourwood? Any problems with pests or disease?
I have ruled out most of the ornamental pears because they already have an aristocrat in the front yard and they want something different.
All opinions are appreciated.