One of the first things that you notice about a house is its surrounding foliage: does it sit alone on the lot, or is it surrounded by a tasteful selection of trees and shrubs? If your home has little in the way of trees surrounding it, there are a number of reasons to consider planting a number of shade trees around the property. One of these is largely financial, namely, that well-cultivated shade trees can often add up to $1,500 towards the value of a home. There are other practical and aesthetic reasons for planting shade trees, though. For one, trees that are situated close to your house will act to naturally shield your house from the elements. After all, a completely exposed house will become quite hot in the summer months. Shade trees will likely help to reduce energy costs, as they will cut down on the amount of sunlight to which your house is directly exposed. Additionally, if the correct variety of tree is chosen, it should contribute to the aesthetic appeal of the house. The land under tall shade trees with wide branches can be ideal for outdoor dining tables, or simply a place to sit and relax. With all of this in mind, what kind of shade trees are best for someone looking to plant?

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Picking Shade Trees

In general, you will want to pick shade trees that grow quickly enough that you will be able to enjoy their shade before too long, but not so quickly that they act like giant weeds. This means you probably want a tree that will grow about 1.5-2 feet per year, so that you will be able to enjoy its benefits after about 5 years of growth. This patience will pay off once the tree is fully grown.

In terms of actual tree choice for optimal shade, you are looking for something that will be tall, leafy, and sturdy. One option would be the honey locust, which is able to thrive in a variety of environments and can grow to be as tall as 50 feet. For those who are interested in purchasing a flowering tree, you might also consider planting a tulip tree. While these are slightly shorter than other shade trees – they typically grow to be about 25 feet tall – you will benefit from being able to watch its blossoms emerge in late spring or early summer. Another classic shade tree is the northern red oak, which typically grows to be approximately 50 feet high. A real advantage of these oaks are the fact that they tend to have broad canopies, leaving plenty of room underneath them to lounge or dine. These can be paired well with the freeman maple, a fast-growing tree which produces quite striking red leaves in the fall.

Even though these are only a few of the potential shade trees that might be selected, they are all relatively adaptable to North American climates and are good options for those who are looking to add a bit of foliage to their home. While these are not always the fastest growing trees, it should be reiterated that their increased sturdiness makes them worth the wait in growing time. A healthy, well-situated tree will indeed provide “natural sunscreen” for many years to come.

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