Why Are Some of the Best Trees to Plant for Shade

WhAT Are Some of the Best Trees to Plant for Shade, Flowers, Color, Low Maintenance

For many homeowners on the lookout for a new addition to their yard, trees can be a very appealing feature. Purchasing and planting a new tree for your landscape can be a lot of fun, especially if you have a preference for a specific kind of plant. When it comes to trees, however, there is a wide variety ranging from large shade-casting trees that do well in smaller yards to small color-changing trees that fit nicely into a sprawling landscape. In addition to the size of the tree, some homeowners look for specific features – such as a tree that flowers in the spring, one that blooms in the color of orange, or a good shade-providing variety. If you are looking for a new shade-providing, colorful, flowering, easy to care for, and/or a good shade-providing variety of a specific type of tree, this article will discuss a few of the best options.


While there are lots of trees that provide great shade, some of the best to consider include — Virginia Pine. Due to its stately and broad-rounded form, this tree provides plenty of shade over a terrace or other small area of the yard. It has soft foliage and cones and is an easy tree to remove. The Virginia Pine has stunning blue-green foliage and blooms flowers in the spring – which makes it a perfect plant to include as a focal point in your yard.


There are several types of trees that will bloom in lieu of ever-present foliage, such as the Japanese Flowering Cherry. This tree comes into full bloom in the spring and provides gorgeous white flowers that look like fireworks as they bloom. In order to provide a nice highlight to your landscape, the Japanese Flowering Cherry should be planted in a group of several trees. In addition to looking great, these trees are easily maintained as they do not require much pruning—just some removal of dead or damaged wood. Bird-of-paradise is another good flowering tree that does well in both full sun and partial shade locations. Boasting an unusual and exotic bloom (which is white and resembles a bouquet of daisies), this tree’s flowers can last for weeks and really pop whether they are planted in a single or grouped formation.


If you want to enrich your landscape with vibrant color, plantings trees that change colors in the fall are great. The Silver Maple is a good example of one of these trees. This tree goes from green to yellow to orange in the fall – making it a focal point in your landscape. Meanwhile, the Autumn Blaze Maple – which is yellow to orange – also gets points for changing colors in the fall, though it is far less common than the Silver Maple.

Low Maintenance

With today’s hectic schedules, plantings that require lots of trimming and pruning can sometimes be a challenge. If you fall into this category, consider planting a crape myrtle. This is a low-maintenance option that blooms brightly in the spring and really shines in the summertime to provide a pop of color. The crape myrtle is easily found in nurseries and the bushes only reach about twelve feet high, which is just the right size for many small and medium-sized yards.


When you are looking for new plantings for your landscape, think about spacing your trees out so that you can use them as shade-providing, flowering, colorful additions to your yard. While there are many trees that can be used as these components, there are some that stand out as the best options.

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