Pinus thunbergii for zone 8?
Anyone have experience with Pinus thunbergii in southeastern (Alabama) zone 8? I'm building a rustic style screened porch addition on the back of my house and I would like to have a small grove of trees next to it for a woodland type feel. I can't use any native pines in this spot because they grow too large to be that close to the house. I'm thinking of using Japanese Black pine with a mixture of smaller deciduous trees like Chalk Maple and Sourwood. My soil can get a little wet during the winter, but it dries out during the growing season. Any opinions on how this plan would work, or suggestions on other trees?