2 new trees for suburban front yard
We have a couple of trees in our front yard that I'm pretty sure are going to need to be replaced soon (HOA requires replacement, not just removal). The areas they will be planted are each about 30' x 25', with the street on one side and the house on the opposite side. The current trees are planted about 15' from the house, although I suppose I could plant the new ones a little further out.
The trees on the HOA's "approved" list are Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Nuttall Oak, Laurel Oak, and Drummond Red Maple - other species will require special permission. These all seem a little large to be planted that close to the house to me - am I wrong about that? Our house is certainly not unique in it's yard size and plenty of other people have big Live Oaks planted that close to their house, but it always seemed to me to have been a stupid move... I know the maple is more vertical and not as wide, so maybe it would be okay? I'll have its leaves in my gutters, though.
Does anyone have any other tree suggestions for me that aren't on the list? Like I said, I could try for special permission. Remember, this is the front yard, so I'm guessing the HOA won't approve something that's very unusual. Also, I have to be able to find it in a large size (45 gallon or larger). Our soil is your typical Houston alkaline clay soil. The area they'd be planted in has pretty decent drainage for Houston...