I'm thinking of planting a Red Oak in my back yard as a shade tree, and to create a screen from my rear neighbour. (we're good friends so it's nothing personal)
I'm concerned that the oak may be too big of a tree, but like that it's fast growing and has a wide spread. If you have one in your yard in this zone and can comment on how it's doing I'd appreciate it.
I have a unique property that slopes from front to back, and left to right, with a great view of the Fraser Valley and Mt. Baker. Unfortunately this makes it a bit of a pain to work with. My intention is to create the shade / screen for comfort while the kids play in the yard in the hot months, and the feeling of privacy.
I already have an apple tree, cherry tree, coral barked maple, 3 Euro Aspens (40' screening my right side neighbour), a coral red dog wood at 12' and a fairly new cedar that is now about 25'. I'd be replacing a Japanese Maple of some sort that was supposed to fulfill the same roll, but was damaged shortly after being planted several years ago when a neighbour boy mowed my lawn, and has never recovered.