I’ve always loved the way Mimosa Trees look when blooming. Can’t remember what they look like in the fall, but they have a nice structure for a patio tree. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a specimen Live Oak, though I don’t know how well they do in Modesto….a specimen Olive! ooh. Or Magnolia, Gleditsia, could you grow Jacaranda?
Did you lose your Sunset Western Garden book or something?
Katsura is good in Modesto, Henry..Cercis canadensis out here are Cercis Occidentalis, and they somehow have none of the charm of our east coast redbud, IMHO..They are tough-looking where our redbud is so delicate and beautiful..Same flower color,but it is the dry toughness that I dislike, whereas the east coast is a graceful delicate plant that gets better in it’s native spots – dark and wet…
There are some really nice redbuds on the U Penn campus, if they are still there..
I also like to put big canopy trees in small spaces..The katsura likes to be pruned, as far as I know..
It is all just taste, and de gustibus non disputandum est, as we all know, huh, Henry?