Trees for planting strip in sidewalk
I'm new to this forum but love gardening so will soon be an avid reader. I am interested in planting a tree (or having the city plant a tree!) in the strip of land between our sidewalk and street (about 5 feet wide). The city gives us a limited number of choices, which makes it easier in many regards. Our priorities:
b) fast growing
c) ideally not a TON of litter (ie. berries bad, leaves fine, flowers ok)
We love the sycamores because they grow so amazingly fast but all of the sycamores in this area seem to get some sort of fungus and the leaves turn white and curl. Yuk. So we're leaning toward the following two trees:
-- Chinese pistache
-- Chinese elm
I've searched through the archives and see some mention of these trees but would love it if someone more knowledgeable than I weighed in. What would you choose? I've seen different things about the rate of growth of the pistache. Ideas??