It is very important to do some research to find trees that are not invasive, and ideally native to our region. There is no shortage of excellent, high-quality options at local nurseries.
A good resource for recommended tree species is The Tree Selection Guide from the Cleveland Tree Coalition.
The Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership (LEAP) for Biodiversity is also an excellent resource for native plant information.
Don’ t forget to note where above and below ground utilities exist so you can provide your tree the greatest possible space to grow. Large growing trees provide us the greatest benefits so think about the largest possible tree for your available space. Contact the Ohio Utility Protection Services to locate your underground utilities.