Good native tree choice for yard?
OK Tree Folks... I have a question for you. We're in South Austin, just where the Blackland Prairie ends and the Transitional Zone begins. Pretty crappy soil of course. We have a spot in the front yard, by the driveway, in between our house & the neighbor's, where we want to plant a tree. We're in a suburban neighborhood where the houses are pretty crammed in together, like way too many neighborhoods were built around here (and everywhere I guess) since the 1970's or so.
Anyway..... It's the spot where an Arizona Ash was, that died & we cut down about 3 yrs ago.. the trunk just recently rotted (after 3 yrs)- we removed it and now there's a nice big hole there.
So we are debating what the best tree would be for that spot. It would get lots of afternoon (western) sun for most of the day. Also the neighbor really would like another tree there as soon as possible, to replace the shade they lost. So it would help shade their house in the earlier part of the day, and our house (& driveway) in the latter part of the day. We'd like something native, drought tolerant, oak wilt tolerant, low-maintenance, sort of compact with good shade.
We really like the Lacey Oak, but we can't seem to find any mature L.O. trees around to see what it would look like in person (only saplings). Live Oaks are great too, but there's the risk of wilt and also we don't want something that would be crowded in between the 2 houses.. and the future homeowners may think it's too close to the house.. they might resort to lopping off limbs or even cut it down.
A Pecan also might be good there.. and it's always nice to have a free source of nuts!)
Any thoughts..? Experience with Lacey Oaks vs. the others..??
It's also the spot where the sewer line is. Do you think putting another big tree there will cause future problems?