Answer: In my experience, all trees will naturally drop debris of one sort or another as they grow and renew themselves. However, trees with smaller leaves tend to make less of a mess and for this reason, many people like the Thornless Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis). It grows relatively quickly and makes a light shade which enables grass to be grown beneath it. You might consider planting any medium to large tree further from the house than 20 feet however. Most shade trees grow quite large and their root runs can interfere with basements or foundations if planted too close.
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