Posted: 04/10/2016 at 12:13
I am in Dordogne. Definitely not an acer in the wind and heat! I have a big one in a sheltered part of the garden but it's really a Maple and too big for your place.
A tree that has surprised me is my Silver Birch, Betula Jacquemontii, which has done surprising well. It has a neat habit, white bark in the winter and not too heavy looking in a garden. It would need watering for the first couple of years.
I don't know how big a tree you want, but 1 metre deep isn't deep enough for big trees, what's under that?