Most of the trees we plant will outlive us–choose wisely; choose indigenous [i.e. native]. …It’s impossible to “deadhead” a tree; nonindigenous trees may produce seeds for a hundred years or more… Indigenous species of trees in just ten genera (oaks, willow, and cherries are the top three) provide food for well over a thousand species of butterfly and moth caterpillars. Before choosing a new tree, consider how many life forms, in addition to humans, will be able to use it over the next hundred years.
Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East