Coastal New England Low Maintenace Wind Tolerant Trees
I've taken to planting something whenever I visit my parents, to give me something to do. They recently lost a lot of trees to a combinations of turpentine beetles, salt spray, and wind damage, so there is plenty of room.
The problem is, I then leave, so I can't give these things proper aftercare.
This strategy has actually worked with holly, but not pines.
What trees have a decent chance of surviving if you plant them and then ignore them? I understand this strategy will inevitably lead to some casualties...but if I buy seedlings cheap I can afford to have some die.
It is a coastal area with acidic soil that is a mixture of sand and clay, and with a lot of wind. Zone 6, coastal Massachusetts. The plants that seem to thrive there are Eastern Red Ceder, White Pine, and Holly. Native plants preferred. Trees with fruits or flowers would be nice.