Shade tree with non-invasive roots
I just had to take down a gorgeous maple tree which was growing too close to the house and sending roots up under the foundation. (Actually, the tree was there first; the people that built the house built it too close to the tree!)
Unfortunately, this was a great shade tree on my western exposure. Can anyone recommend some fast-growing shade trees with non-invasive roots for the North/central Alabama area?
I have fertile but fairly heavy clay soil. It's going to get some intense afternoon sun and winter winds. The tree (or trees) will be located between the house and some power lines, so it should be relatively short (25-30') or else have a fairly narrow crown -- something that forms a tall hedge?
I do also have some sambucus I was going to put down by the pond where it is wetter and more like a natural habitat -- does anyone think they would fit the bill?