Landscaping question- help me select a tree for my side yard

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I know this is totally off topic but folks on this forum know way more about trees than gardening/landscaping forums!
so I’m looking to add a few trees to my side yard. It’s about 150ft by 50ft and is south facing so it get full sun. This is the criteria I’m looking for.
- no invasive roots
- doesn’t get taller than 40
- no major insect or fungus issues
- long lived trees, no disease problems
- flowering would be ideal but not a must
-ideally have a nice bark and winter interest

so far the only thing that comes to my mind is crape myrtles they are too common but they don’t have disease issues like cherries.
I appreciate everyone’s input. Here are a few pics. I already planted the Italian cypress so those will be part of the design.
 

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I like oaks. I’m sure there’s an oak for any climate (just about)

Roots aren’t bad, relatively healthy (do no prune in summer. Best to do it in fall or late winter), and bark can look good

I don’t think they usually get TOO tall, but you’ll have to check that out from your local nursery stock
 

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I like oaks. I’m sure there’s an oak for any climate (just about)

Roots aren’t bad, relatively healthy (do no prune in summer. Best to do it in fall or late winter), and bark can look good

I don’t think they usually get TOO tall, but you’ll have to check that out from your local nursery stock
If I could find one that's didn't drop acorn would be really nice! they are out there just not very common at nurseries.
 
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If I could find one that's didn't drop acorn would be really nice! they are out there just not very common at nurseries.
Yah, that’s a small issue

I also like liquidambar, but they got those spikey seed pods. I stepped on many in my youth, lol. Neighbors had them right on the property line and they’d drop in our yard

They do make ground rollers to pick up ammo brass. Could use them when acorns finally drop

I believe it usually takes about 20yrs before they’re mature enough to drop acorns
 
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