Landscape trees will make any garden look special. Their size creates a sense of scale while special features, such as flowers, make them very striking.
I love landscape trees. They are so majestic, and there are so many different types of trees to choose from. Each have their own special places in a design. You might select a tree for its colorful flowers. Maybe you love weeping trees. Perhaps the tree has beautiful
leaves. And then, of course, there are those that provide spectacular
Landscape trees at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
There are 3 main categories of trees. Here you will discover some of their attributes and also specific ways to use them in the landscape.
I consider ornamental trees to either be flowering trees or to have some other special feature, such as interesting bark. In addition, these trees are usually smaller than shade trees. There are so many wonderful uses for ornamental trees.
White Birch trees are set into this patio design. 'Whitespire' is a
recommended variety as it is known to be disease resistant. (White Birch
is susceptible to borers). River Birch are beautiful also with tan and
rust colored peeling bark. 'Heritage' is a great variety. For more
detailed information on Birch Trees see this article by Bartlett Tree
Birch Trees are actually one of my favorite to use in a landscape design. They have lovely foliage that is not too dense. All of them have beautiful bark, but I would recommend the Heritage Birch which is a variety of River Birch.
More Recommended Ornamental Trees and Information:
Clump River Birch Tree
River Birch Tree - Read more about the River Birch!
Star Magnolia - If you are looking for a small ornamental tree, see the Star Magnolia tree, particularly Magnolia 'Jane' with its lovely pink flowers.
Japanese Red Maple Tree - This is another small tree and has absolutely beautiful foliage. The 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple has striking red leaves all season long.
Flowering Plum Tree - With its reddish-purple foliage that lasts all season long, and pretty pink flowers, this is a great choice if you are looking for a small tree.
Weeping Cherry Tree - This is one of those landscape trees that is a true focal point in the landscape, even when it is not showing off it's lovely pink cascading flowers in the spring. Its weeping form is both graceful and striking. The flowers are, however, amazing!
Dogwood Trees - Lovely native trees that have some of the prettiest pink or white flowers. This tree also produces berries which attracts birds. It's a great tree with features in all seasons.
Pink Flowering Landscape Trees - Here is a list of trees offering pink flowers.
Evergreen trees have wonderful features and uses in the landscape. Here are a few:
The National 9/11 Memorial used only three different types of plants. The beautiful shade tree Swamp White Oak (416 of them were used), grass and Ivy. This is quite notable since the area encompasses eight acres.
It also shows how simplicity can be striking.
Is there anything as beautiful as a stately shade tree? (I know, there was a poem about that!) Here are some ways to use them and tips on placement.
Tree Pruning and Maintenance - learn about this topic from a Certified Arborist.
Garden Design Books - find excellent books on landscape trees and other landscape information.
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