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While we haven’t lost them all, odds are not in our favor to have many Ash trees left. The City I live in is pro-active by taking out some of the younger boulevard ash trees and replacing them. It’s recommended to plant a variety of trees. It was proven decades ago not to plant one kind of tree when we all lost those beautiful Elms, and yet, what did we do? Planted a bunch of Ash trees. So diversity is where it’s at!
The Kentucky Coffee tree has become pretty popular. It’s a broad spreading tree which will give you plenty of shade, again, get the male variety if you don’t want the mess. If you’re looking for a tough but slightly smaller tree, the European black alder might be a choice. This low-growing tree has round leaves that grow in clusters. It produces small cones, but they don’t fall from the tree. It handles poor soils extremely well, but it can invade natural areas, crowding out our natives. In fact, the Morton Arboretum in Chicago doesn’t recommend it. Other options include Lindens. These aren’t as tough as the other trees but offer 30 types.
There are also a couple of other hybrids that the U of MN recommends. ‘Accolade’ and ‘Triumph’.