Hello! I'm seeking advice on choosing deciduous shade trees for our property. We have large windows on the SW side of our house, on both the second and third stories. We are located in the Comox Valley, mid Vancouver Island (Zone 9a). We have 5 acres, so property size is not an issue when choosing shade trees. The parts of the house behind those large SW facing windows get HOT! in the summer. I'd like to plant a shade tree (or multiple shade trees) to keep the sun out during the summer. The SW facing side of the house is about 30 feet across. The top of the highest windows are approximately 25 feet above ground level. I'd like a fast growing tree, so we can have shade asap (I do plan to try and track down a container sapling that already has some height to get a jump on the growth). Our septic tank is on the western corner of that side of the house, and there is a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) planted beside the tank. I'd also like to find a tree with great secondary qualities (nuts? autumn colour?). Why not stack uses, eh? What trees would you recommend?