Well after reading through a couple forum posts and realizing the scarcity of posts about the South United States I decided to simply ask:
I live in the Deep South in Birmingham Alabama, so freezing is not a threat at hardly anytime of the year (and if I've read correctly I can simply utilize sheltered areas like a garage for overnighters) but I realize that the tree types suitable for here might be different than the ones others are attempting to try. From my research I decided on either a Chinese Elm or a Cedar elm, however I'm open to other decisions as well. I'm probably going to do a long-term tree which I start from a sapling from a local nursery, and then an easier... "pre-made" tree which I can take care of and make modifications to. I'm curious to know, however, if there are trees which are more suitable for my area, such as an oak, or that would prove easier for a beginner.
Thanks a bunch in advance!
**Addition: Okay so after reading a whole lot more posts after this one and looking around I altered my decision a little bit. I think, if I do pursue the two-tree idea, I will go with a more traditional looking tree for my "easy" tree and then I'd love to do something local for my own "hard" tree. I've seen a few oaks around the web and, although it's not Alabama native by any stretch, a cherry would also be amazing. However, I realize that both of these would most likely be very long-in-the-making trees, with the cherry taking 12-15 years to bloom. So would anyone know of any southern trees which would be hardy enough for a beginner, but quick enough to provide some sort of satisfaction before the cow comes home?