Depending on your definition of "wide" and your intended uses you might be better off looking at conifers. If you want a food source you could use Korean nut pine (Pinus koraiensis). For beauty you could try tamarack (larix laricina) - a deciduous conifer species that turns a very vibrant lime green and then bright yellow during fall color season. Pine and fir of pretty much any sort make good wildlife habitat and lumber.
By all means, don't let me discourage you from hardwoods, just be aware that what you're looking at as you walk around may be older trees left standing when the site was cleared for development, and not necessarily representative of what you would get if you planted a new one.
And Will good point- what I'm seeing are likely Shagbark hickories that have been cleaned up over the years.
Aaron Festa wrote:Thanks for everyone's responses. I'm leaning towards this tree being more for wildlife, bird habitat, and maybe fuel (just not sure)??
This. Mountain Ash. It's awesome.
Other Mt. Ashes
It really is all up to you and what use you want out of a tree. Pretty much any tree can be manicured and trained to fill the spot intended. If starting with a small tree, just don't cut it up too much right away. Make it a work in process. (Photosynthesis)
I recommend walking around different, nurseries, parks, gardens, and garden centers, and find a tree that speaks to you or one you may fall in love with.
I love all trees. Flowering, fruiting, nut bearing, coniferous, Deciduous... I love em all.
It seems like every year I fall in love with a different tree and I have to have 1 or 3.
As of lately Cryptomeria japonica yoshino has been my love affair.
If in 6-20 years the tree is getting too big, trim it or cut it down and start over.
Tim Wilkinson wrote:Pretty much any tree can be manicured and trained to fill the spot intended.
This is true. It comes down to the amount of time and resources you can/want to devote to training, and how well "manicured" fits in with your aesthetic sensibilities. I, for one, prefer to just place plants in positions where they can do what they want with minimal to no training required. My comments were geared toward someone with a similar mindset.