Best shade tree for Zone 10 California?

I live in Cypress, CA. Zone 10. I am looking for a tree that offers shade, but that the base doesn't get too large. We recently had a plantain tree knock over the wall in our yard because it got WAY too big! I also don't want trees that get too root heavy..for example like a Ficus...Any advice would help! :)
Submitted by thinkupsidedown

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. There's actually a great tree-search engine for California gardeners that I'd like to recommend: http://selectree.calpoly.edu/

 

Check it out --- it lets you search by a very wide range of criteria and helps you pick the most perfect tree for your needs.

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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