Hey guys. So we decided that it would be really cool if we outlined some of the best trees. This is of course, our bias opinion, but we truly believe these are some of the most aesthetically appealing and recommended for any landscape. It doesn’t matter matter whether you’re looking for a shade tree, windbreak tree, or just a beautiful tree to spice up the landscape, this list will have something for you! Enjoy.
1. Weeping Willow – Salix Babylonica, also known as the weeping willow, is one of the most beautiful trees you will see. It is known for its “weeping” appearance, which in plain english means that the branches are slightly dropping. Weeping willow is a very aesthetically pleasing tree and should be used for any landscape that is looking to spice things up. It can be used as a centerpiece and will reach about 40-50 feet in height.
2. Crabapple – Crabapple, also known by its scientific name Malus selections, can bring some serious flair to any landscape. It produces crabapples along with beautiful white, red, and pink flowers. The fruit comes in three colors: red, burgundy, gold, and orange. These trees are very resistant and can withstand disease. On average, they will reach anywhere between 6-30 feet in height and width. For maximum growth rate, make sure it is planted in zones 3-8.
3. Red Cedar Tree – The Red Cedar tree, also known as Juniperus Virginiana, is a classic. It can grow up to 24 inches per year if exposed to the proper conditions. These conditions include full or partial sunlight. And as far as soil conditions, the Red Cedar tree can withstand pretty much anything including rocky, clay, fertile, and sterile soil conditions. It’s recommended that you plant it in zones 2-9.
4. Redbud – Cercis canadensis, or its more traditional name Redbud, displays some of the most visual appealing colors during the spring that you will see on any tree. Its pink and white flowers are absolutely outstanding. The good news is that this beauty is easily achievable because Redbud is actually a very easy plant to grow and maintain. This North-American native produces heart-shaped leaves during the spring, which will transform in to golden-yellow during the fall.
5. Fast Growing Pine Trees – Fast growing pine trees are becoming super popular because people are obsessed with the beauty they produce. At partial and full height, these trees provide amazing shade cover, natural borders, and are perfect for combatting heavy winds from entering your landscape. Most people don’t have time to wait for a traditional pine tree to grow, so the solution is to purchase fast growing pine trees. This species’ will grow about 50% faster than the traditional version.
6. Kousa Dogwood – Kousa Dogwood is often referred to by its scientific name Cornus kousa. This tree is responsible for one of the most beautiful spring shows when it produces gorgeous white and pink blooms. And don’t worry, this tree’s fall performance is just as impressive when it produces gorgeous reddish-purple foliage in the fall. On average, you can expect this tree to reach bout 10-25 feet in height and width with proper care.
7. Red Maple – Acer rubrum, also known as the Red maple, is just a pure classic. There aren’t many people who don’t appreciate the beauty and prestige of this tree. It received its name because of the beautiful red foliage it produces during the fall. The leaves also have a very unique shape and reddish tint, which make it a perfect tree for year-round eye appeal. In the fall, you can expect quite the show when the leaves turn bright yellow or red. The red maple performs best in zones 3-9 and can adapt very well to changing soil conditions. If the proper conditions are met, you can expect this tree to reach about 40-90 feet in height.
8. Saucer Magnolia – The Saucer Magnolia is often referred to by its complex scientific name Magnolia x soulangeana. During the mid to late spring, this tree produces beautiful white, pink, and purple blooms. Unlike many of the other trees, the Saucer Magnolia is not that resistant to harsh conditions. If exposed to proper conditions, you can expect this tree to grow to about 20 feet in height and width.
9. Silver Maple – Acer Saccharum, also known by its common name Silver maple, is an excellent addition to any landscape. Its vibrant colors make it a true showcase during the fall. For maximum growth potential, it is recommend that you expose this tree to full or partial sunlight and plant it in zones 4-9. You don’t need to worry too much about soil conditions because it adapts very well. If these conditions are met you cane expect this tree to reach about 20 feet in height and 15 feet in width.
10. Fast Growing Flowering Trees – Flowering tree that are fast growing are a favorite among landscapers, gardeners, and nurseries. These trees are one of the best for adding some life to a barren landscape without being overwhelming at the same time. The non-fast growing species does take quite some time to reach full height and width, so it’s highly recommended that you go with the fast growing flowering trees.
11. Sugar Maple – The Sugar Maple is also known by its scientific name Acer saccharum. This is a very simple tree, but is still very beautiful. During the summer, it has very large green leaves and in the fall, it produces orange, yellow, and red leaves. On average, this tree can reach nearly 100 feet in height at full maturity as long the proper conditions are met. The sugar maple prefers zones 4-9 and full or partial sunlight.
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