Please help me decide on a pine tree variety
Before I bought this house there was a huge Aleppo pine tree in front of it, but the people who owned it before decided to dig for a pond near its root zone. By the time we purchassed the house, the tree was dead. I would like to replace it with another pine tree, but I can't make up my mind on what kind.
I pretty much had my heart set on another aleppo pine, but I saw that they also sell Italian Stone pine trees at Home depot and they look pretty nice with a slight silvery color. Although I don't know where I'd find one to buy, I also saw the Afghan pine on the list of trees for here.
What are the pros and cons of each? I know that the allepo pine will put up with the heat in the summer. Can the italian stone pine do just as good? How fast does each one grow?
I guess the stone pine is also tempting because of the pine nuts. I don't think the aleppo pine has edible ones. Basically I want a to maximize the amount of shade I can get and I'm hoping for a fairly fast grower. Thanks.