Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or if that tree in your backyard is on its last limb, a new tree can do wonders for your backyard. While you may have your eyes set on that beautiful Sunset Maple or that promising English Oak, the decision isn’t that easy to make. You need to consider a host of issues. Everything from the area you live in to which times of day the tree gets sunlight are imperative in making this choice. So to save you from watching the tree you had your eyes on wither and die in your backyard, here are some tips for finding the best tree for your backyard depending on where you live.
Although there are tons of factors that go into choosing a tree, this one is the single-handedly the most important. Your very first step is finding out if the tree can thrive in your area. While you won’t see landscape companies selling trees that are out of their hardiness zone, this is a good place to start when you make your decision. By finding out which trees are right for your area, you can weed out some other choices you may have had. The US is home to about 11 hardiness zones, so we’ll take a look at some of the largest. First off, let’s take a look at the most finicky zone, the South.
A good variety of maple trees do well in the south. If your backyard is full of greenery, a Red Japanese Maple can really set some amazing contrast. A few other maple trees thrive in the south. Sugar Maples are popular and so are classic Red Maples. Sugar maples can reach up to 150 feet tall if you’re lucky, and they will continue to thrive well after you leave the property, with some trees living for up to 400 years. Also, a lot of evergreen trees thrive in the Southern zones as well. Arborvitaes, Colorado Spruces and White Firs are great at staying hydrated in the Southern heat. For a good comprise between evergreen and deciduous, go for a Scots Pine. While the needles stay on the tree year round, it has a beautiful trunk with light brown bark.
Trees of the Northeast
Most of the Northeast United States is covered by zones 5 and 6, save for New Jersey and bits of southeastern Pennsylvania. You shouldn’t have any problem with coniferous trees in this area. All sort of spruce trees can withstand the Northeastern cold. White Spruces are very popular up there and so are Norway Spruces. White Spruces are one of the best choices for coniferous trees. With an average height of 100 feet when mature and a great root system that can adapt to changes in temperature and moisture, this tree is a keeper. But if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Red Dogwoods are great trees for your backyard. Thanks to their gorgeous purple hues, these trees are a perfect complement to more standard backyard varieties. Japanese Cherry Blossoms also have a beautiful light grey bark in the winter.
California and the West
For the last major zone in the US, let’s take a look at some trees that work great throughout California, most of Arizona and even deep Texas. While you shouldn’t have any problem finding and growing some of the other trees listed (Red Maple, Red Dogwood), there are a few trees that really thrive out here. For coniferous tress, cypresses work great. But for a bit of color, be on the lookout for Saucer Magnolias, with their beautiful pink blossoms, and Black Walnuts, which turn a gorgeous orange/yellow color in the fall.
If you’re a little overwhelmed with this wealth of information, that’s completely understandable. Everybody wants a beautiful yard, after all, and there are so many options when it comes to natures bounty. So, if you’re still having trouble trying to figure out which tree would be the best for your area, it’s also a great idea to get in touch with a local tree service so that you can brainstorm with a professional. After all, tree service contractors have lots of experience with trees in the area, and they will certainly be able to tell you which trees will thrive in the area. We’re confident that you’re going to have a beautiful backyard after you spruce it up with a local species!
Jamie of www.southfieldtreeservice.com