I'm cutting some silver maples down around my house and want to put one tree back in for shade on the house eventually, not concerned with deer benefits on this one. I tend to have somewhat alkaline ground and I dont want to plant maples back. I have nothing but white oaks on my property so I ws considering a red oak for this spot. I want something fairly fast growing but strong, that will work on alkaline ground, doesnt need to get huge but I would like some nice fall color. Can anyone give me some insight on shumards vs northern reds, most of the info online seems to make the two sound almost identical.