The pandemic has resulted in more and more homeowners appreciating their landscapes and evaluating how they can better their spaces while helping out Mother Nature in the process. Homeowners are doing just that by planting more trees on their properties.
But planting more trees is not as easy as running out to your local garden center or big box store and choosing a specimen that catches your eye. It would be best if you first considered the tree’s purpose. Is it meant to provide shade, simply ornamental, what kind of soil will you be planting it in, and most importantly, how much exposure to natural light does your desired location provide?
Maintenance is another point homeowners rarely contemplate when selecting a tree for their landscape. Some drop fruits and nuts, which might attract unwanted animals while leaving a mess in your yard. Others drip sticky sap or have such an invasive root system they can damage a home’s foundation and suffocate surrounding trees and shrubs.
Below is a list of five trees that are low maintenance and highly adaptable to many growing conditions. Click on the tree’s name below to be redirected to additional information on care, maintenance, and planting.
Suited to large areas in warmer climates, jacaranda is resistant to pests and diseases and can tolerate moderate drought. It does require a good deal of sun for optimal growth, but their striking lavender and blue flowers make it a showstopper in any landscape.
Available in many varieties with year-round visual interest, the Japanese maple can grow across most of the United States (except for extreme hot or cold regions). They’re incredibly low maintenance and adapt to many soil types and light exposures. Japanese maples are often a popular choice due to their vibrant red and orange colors come the fall.
Crape myrtle is a popular choice for those looking for extended periods of color, as they bloom long into the summer with admired flower clusters and beautiful foliage and bark. They thrive in heat and humidity, making them drought tolerant, and even when stressed, they will continue to bloom.
Growing just about anywhere in the United States, magnolias are hardy and adaptable to many growing conditions. Evergreen magnolias are often trouble-free as long as they are placed correctly in your yard, often in full sun. They are highly resistant to insects and diseases as well.
One of the most popular ornamental trees used in landscapes, the purple leaf plum is admired for its deep purple foliage in spring and fall, with delicate pink and white flowers in early spring. While they produce tiny seeds, they are insignificant and often nibbled on by birds and squirrels. They typically grow 12 to 15 feet tall, ideal for small yards.
Planting more trees is now more popular than ever with homeowners. Just make sure you’ve done your homework before selecting a tree.
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