Recommendations for patio trees in Bay Area CA?

I have an empty party patio (10' x 15') and would like to add some potted trees for privacy and shade. Japanese maple and palm trees seem very popular. A friend suggests mimosa.
Any other ideas out there?
Thanks,
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snipped-for-privacy@alphablox.com (Charles Eubanks) writes:

It grows very quickly to a Very Big Tree. It 's also going to drop large quantities of flowers every day and then seed pods. Exceedlingly beautiful tree, but not for a patio.
Emilie NorCal
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (MLEBLANCA) in m11.aol.com:

if you overwater. otherwise they become a low, spreading (relativley flattopped) tree that provides partial shade
but it is messy enough to bother people when the mess accumulates on paved surfaces.
i think sunset western garden book has patio and pool-side among the lists in the front area of the book. see the book at local library.
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