Shade tree for clay soil

Asked June 9, 2020, 10:24 AM EDT

I live in Berthoud in a new housing development and want to plant a shade tree in my backyard. The soil is all clay. What is a good choice? Would prefer a tree whose roots grow down and not at surface. We plan on retiring here so will be here for a while and want to balance rate of growth, but we don't want to wait 15 years to benefit from it. We've looked at the info that has been put out, but it is almost too many choices. I think the driver is the soil. We want it to thrive.

Larimer County Colorado

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