|I need a shade tree for a yard at my Lake City, Colorado home. We are at 8,600 ft. and would need a zone 2 tree probably. Winters get down to -30 occasionally. Climate is fairly dry. Soil rocky. We wanted a willow, but since we are so dry, need something else. We don't want an evergreen.|
|It is challenging at your elevation and conditions. I've listed a few possibilities. If you have a good nursery in the vicinity, talk with the owner or a knowledgeable employee. They should be up-to-date on specific local conditions. I hope this information helps!|
Smaller trees, up to 20 feet
Acer ginnala (Amur maple). Lots of color with yellow flowers, red seeds, red foliage in fall. Maples like deep watering, but since this is a smaller tree it wouldn't require as much. Takes the cold.
Malus sp. (Flowering crabapple.) There are numerous varieties--check with your nursery. Crabapples take rocky soil and moderate water.
Quercus phellos (Willow oak). You mentioned wanting a willow. This oak actually has long, narrow leaves like a willow, but takes far less water. Grows 50-90 feet.
Fagus sylvatia (European beech). Takes moderate to light water. Numerous varieties. 50-90 ft.