Need Tree selection
My great room windows face west and in summer, the sun heats up the room, not to mention how bright it is even with the shades down. The patio is also not very usable in late afternoon. I want to plant something next to the patio and in front of the great room windows (see below) so as to provide some amount shade. I don't want to really blot out the sun! Just interrupt the direct sunlight. I dont want a huge tree as my backyard is small, I don't want the tree to get too much taller than the top level windows either. Ideally would be flowering and have nice fall color and grow atleast moderately fast. I would also have to position it somehow to fit in with the view from the great room...........
Did I mention, I want something sturdy so that it won't topple over in our strong winds?
So what tree would you suggest???