What factors should be considered when planting potentially large trees in a yard? I just removed two small trees (10ft or less), maple and chinese elm from a spot in my yard where my new shop is going. Small lot 75x145 1600sqft house on it. With my limited space now having this 20x30 shop I was hoping for a shade tree, something to keep shade on the shop and partially on the house in the AM and yard shade for the mid day sun. I would really like to plant an oak or something similar, there are many native species in the neighborhood that thrive. Things I have considered: 1)We have underground utilities so I am aiming to keep away from there incase of maint work 2)proximity to the closest slab 3)full grown size and the space coverage in proximity to surrounding lots 4)all of the above and the orientation of the rising sun Never had any landscaping classes nor do I profess to having a flowing yard of beauty. I just know what I am after. What other things should I consider? I plan on trying to seed acorns and let it go from there.