San Jose- small trees for north side of house?
I recently moved back to San Jose from Seattle, thank goodness! i really missed California when I lived in cold grey Seattle. We lucked into buying a nice old house with nothing in the garden, but wood chips and a hastily installed sod lawn. I am looking to make a formal garden in the front, and wish to honor our orchard heritage by my plant choices. I need to plant a pair of relatively small and attractive trees. In an ideal world they would be cherry trees, but the yard is in the north- northwest side of the house, therefore shady. Someone suggested plums, apricots, or pluots, but I am unsure. Any ideas? I am in the willow glen area so the soil is very good for stone fruits I have heard. I am not married to the idea of fruits but is sure would be cool if I can pull it off!