Answer: Some of the trees you list are probably too large -- red maple and tulip tree and sassafrass. The Japanese maple has fairly strict requirements in terms of growing conditions and would probably do better in a more sheltered location with an evenly moist humusy soil. Callery pears are often used as avenue trees and look quite elegant however they may tend to break apart in ice and wind storms. The remaining choices would be flowering cherry, kousa dogwood, redbud and golden chain. The kousa dogwood would likely be rather expensive and grows quite slowly; the golden chain may be difficult to locate. The redbud and cherry would both be candidates, however the redbud blooms very early in the season possibly before your guest season peaks. For that reason I would probably suggest the ornamental cherries (although they are not usually terribly long lived trees) and might suggest you add modern disease resistant varieties of flowering crabapple to your list. Your local professionally trained nursery personnel and county extension may have other suggestions or opinions based on a more detailed knowledge of the site and particularly the soil conditions. Finally, I would suggest you check with your veterinarian as to the safety of the trees in case the animals should ingest leaves, stems, twigs, or fruits. Best of luck with your selection, I'm sure it will be lovely.
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