Nothing creates more beauty and flair in a yard than a gorgeous, lush tree. Trees create a sense of peace and calm in a landscaping design and accent other aspects of your home’s overall look. In addition, when placed strategically, trees can help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Deciding which type of tree will work best for your yard is no easy task. Trees that grow quickly are among the most desirable but there are many other factors to consider. What growing region you live in impacts your decision and some cities even have ordinances in place declaring what types of trees can or cannot be planted to keep the overall aesthetic neutral.
Regardless, once you’ve established your growing region and checked with your city’s municipality, planting a tree this fall is one of the best decisions you can make. By planting in the fall your new tree will be able to expand and nourish its root base over the winter months and by spring it will be primed for maximum growth.
These are five types of tree that grow quickly and will enhance the beauty of your yard and the curb appeal of your home.
The dogwood tree is one of the most popular trees in the United States. There is a variety suited for almost every growing region and it adds beauty to your yard during all seasons. It flowers in the spring sporting lush blooms in pink, white, or red and during the summer the leaves are thick and abundant. In the fall season the leaves turn bright red before falling and many people even like the structure of the bare branches in the winter.
It might be helpful to hire a company that specializes in tree and shrub landscaping services to help you choose the best location for your new dogwood tree as well as to provide instruction on proper care and fertilization during the winter.
2. Crape Myrtle
Thriving in growing zone 7 to 9, the crape myrtle is one of the most beautiful of the ornamental trees and can reach heights of 15 to 25 feet. They are a very hardy tree and can survive drought, pests, and virtually everything else nature throws at them.
These trees need to be placed strategically, however. Not only is their height a factor but they can also have a branch spread of up to 15 feet. Therefore you’ll want to be sure that your new crape myrtle won’t interfere with power lines as it grows.
3. Tulip Tree
For a fast growing tree that also provides beautiful, ornamental blooms, you can’t go wrong with the tulip tree. This beautiful tree can grow more than two feet per year and offers up stunning tulip shaped blossoms in the springtime.
The tulip tree thrives in zones 4 through 9 but be sure to consider its ultimate height when choosing your location. This tree can mature at 70 to 90 feet.
4. Fruit Trees
Fruit trees are among the most popular as they’re not only beautiful but, when mature, also provide a crop of delicious, fresh fruit. The only questions here is the growing zone you live in and what type of fruit tree will do best there. Citrus trees thrive in zones 8, 9, and 10 while apple trees can be grown easily in zones 1 through 9, depending on the variety.
Fruit trees do require more maintenance than other trees and grow more slowly, but the reward of fresh apples or oranges is worth the extra work.
5. Silver Maple
If you’re on the hunt for a fast growing and beautiful, ornamental tree then the silver maple might be the best choice for you. This tree grows about 2 feet per year and can reach heights of more than 50 feet. It grows well in zones 3 through 9.
The silver maple is one of the most popular shade trees for landscaping and its leaves show off a beautiful silver hue when blown by the wind.
Choosing a tree for your yard is a big decision, especially given the fact that many trees will reach fantastic heights at maturity. Be sure to check your climate zone then head off to the nursery and choose your perfect tree.
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