With so many shade trees available, how do you go about making your selection? Here is some information to help you out in your journey! They all cast greatshade and each of them have their own wonderful attributes. The main thing is to include them in your landscape!
Choose from different shapes, sizes, fall color, etc. Below are my recommendations.
To me, a landscape without trees is pretty barren looking. You will be amazed how they can enhance your landscape design.
There are so many trees to choose from, that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some of my very favorites. I also recommend you taking a look at my very helpful book Trees For Landscaping
A great sight is viewing an allee of Red Maple trees lining a driveway in the fall. So many trees and so much color are breathtaking.
That being said, one beautiful Red Maple out in the open lawn will be lovely.
If you have the space, use three of them. Place two closer together and one off to the distance a bit, staggering all of them to form a triangle.
I would strongly recommend this tree. It is one of my favorites.
Pear trees are one of the first landscape trees to flower in the Spring with an abundance of small white flowers.
They are one of the last trees to turn color in the Fall.
Fall colors can be a beautiful mix of purples, golds, and reds.
These are also very nice landscape trees to line a driveway with. They are a good choice if you have some space restrictions because some varieties are narrower than some of the other large trees.
I often use this tree in my designs for clients.
This tree is very similar to the Elm Tree in looks. It's leaves are quite small which makes it different than the typical large leaf trees.
It has a very unique look to it if you are looking for something a little different.
It will get to be about 60 feet tall and about 35 feet wide.
This is a very graceful and elegant old fashioned shade tree.The new varieties are disease resistant. Make sure that the variety you choose is.
The Chinese Elm get to be about 50 feet tall and 35 feet wide, while the American elm varieties get even larger.
This is a gorgeous tree...place it as a focal point in an open space.
American Sycamore...another nice one!
Most shade trees get quite large. Those that do not are typically
designated as ornamental trees. (Ornamental trees, however, can get
pretty big too.) So make sure that the location you are thinking about
for your shade tree can accommodate a very tall and wide tree. It's best
to look up the mature size prior to purchasing to make sure it's not
too big for the spot.
Shade trees come in many shapes. Sometimes it doesn't matter which you choose. For example, if it is one tree out in open lawn. However, there are situations where one shape may look better than another. You generally would not want to place three weeping trees together or even 3 pyramidal ones. However, three vase shaped trees used in a group can look very graceful and natural. Here are some shapes you will find.
Check to see if there are any special soil requirements. For example, Red Maples will take wet conditions.
There are fast growing shade trees
(like the Silver Maple or Weeping Willow), moderate growers, and also
those that grow very slow (Gingko Biloba. This may or may not matter to
you. Everyone likes trees that get large fairly quickly. However, some
fast growing trees are shorter lived than those that grow more slowly.
In addition, you may just love something about a tree and the growth
rate does not matter. Does it have stunning fall color for example?
Personally, along with the shade that they provide, this is one of the best things about shade trees. They can have absolutely beautiful fall color.
are just some examples. I would recommend looking up the fall color of
the trees you are considering. It may not matter in the spring, but I
can guarantee you that when fall comes around, you will be happy you
This can add to the look of shade trees. Some foliage is open and delicate while other leaves are dense and heavier looking. Some have leaves that are just ok, while others have those that are rather striking.
I like the Birch Tree foliage. It's delicate and the tree has an open form.
I also like the leaves on Gingko Biloba..they are charming. Too bad it is such a slow grower, but as mentioned this may not matter
too you. Also some trees have pretty bark, like the Beech tree.
Be sure that you know your planting zone and that the tree you select
falls within it. Not all trees grow in all areas.
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