Be careful what you plant when you're dreaming of growing the perfect shade tree. To find the perfect tree, make sure you know what you're getting into.
We planted a great (we thought) tree to create shade for our cars parked in the driveway. It's super-shady and large. But it drops too many seeds and makes such a big mess, we've decided to chop it down and start all over with a tree that won't leave such a freaking mess all over the driveway, the lawn, and the sidewalk.
Yes, we feel terrible about it. But we learned that planting trees on our property includes doing the research to get the full picture of what we get out of it in the long run.