6 Trees Great for Creating Shade

It's that wondrous time of year when late summer starts knocking at early fall's door. Take advantage by planting a tree in your front yard that celebrates the merging of these seasons. Here are some top picks from landscape experts across the U.S.






Bloodgood Japanese Maple

Sandy Ayers of The Garden Route Company in California loves the ruby-red tones of Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, or Bloodgood Japanese maple.

USDA zones: 5 to 8

Height: 15 to 25 feet

Color: Deep red in spring and summer, turns scarlet in fall; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Water requirement: Moderate to regular

The Garden Route Company, original photo on Houzz

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

While less dramatic than the Bloodgood, Acer palmatum ‘Sango Kaku’, or coral bark Japanese maple, is one of Ayers' favorites because of the way it imparts shots of yellow into a yard.

USDA zones: 4 to 9

Height: 20 feet

Color: Yellow-green leaves and coral bark in spring and summer; the leaves turn brighter yellow in fall; the bark turns a vibrant coral in winter; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Water requirement: Moderate to regular

River Birch, original photo on Houzz

River Birch

"River birch is one of my favorites," says Terry Sims of The Garden Artist in Idaho. "During fall the leaves turn yellow, which is a nice contrast to the reds. The exfoliating cinnamon- and cream-colored bark becomes prominent as the tree loses its leaves."

The birches shown here are part of a project designed by Windsor Companies.

USDA zones: 3 to 9

Height: 40 to 70 feet

Color: Green leaves in spring and summer; turns golden in fall; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Will tolerate moderate flooding; drought resistant

The American Gardener LLC, original photo on Houzz

Forest Pansy Redbud 

With four-season interest <em>Cercis canadensis</em>, or forest pansy redbud, provides a great focal point in any yard. "This is especially true in the front yard," notes Sims, "where land mass tends to be smaller."

Redbuds, like the one in this project by The American Gardener, are rated for full sun but, according to Sims, prefer afternoon shade.

USDA zones: 5 to 9

Height: 20 feet

Color: Blooms pink in early spring; turns purple in fall; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Regular

Milieu Design, original photo on Houzz

Chanticleer Pear 

Pyrus calleryana, or chanticleer pear, is considered by many to be a good street tree because of its tendency not to "litter" leaves. It grows in a pyramidal shape, so it's easy to fit in narrow areas. "For the front yard, my favorite kind of allée [line of trees] is with the chanticleer pear," says Sims. "It softens the expanse of a driveway to help minimize hardscape and provides the visitor with direction to the front door."

This allée of chanticleer pear trees is part of a project by Milieu Design.

USDA zones: 5 to 8

Height: 24 to 35 feet

Color: Dark green leaves in summer; turns fiery orange in fall; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Regular

Westover Landscape Design, original photo on Houzz​

Kwanzan Cherry

This double pink flowering tree is a favorite of Robert Welsch's of Westover Landscape Design in New York because it makes a graceful, colorful display along a walkway or street.

USDA zones: 5 to 9

Height: 30 to 40 feet

Color: Green leaves in summer; turns copper in fall; deciduous

Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Regular

This article was originally published on Houzz.com
For related posts see:
Love Shades of Green? Bring Them Indoors Too
Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
How to Keep Trees Healthy

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