Tree selection should be based on the results of a checklist:
1) Soil drainage, pH, and fertility 2) Site selection, limitations, and adjacency 3) Small, medium, or large tree? 4) Deciduous or conifer? 5) Hard mast, soft mast, or no mast? 6) Beautiful spring flowers? 6) Beautiful fall foliage? 7) Etc.
Here is a good Website to help you sort through some of these checklist items:
The Morton Arboretum Tree Selection: http://www.mortonarb.org/tree-plant-advice.html