landscaping techniques to solve property problems

landscaping techniques to solve property problems

Four Trees That Will Thrive In Shady Spots

Mitchell Ray

When most people think of planting trees in their yard, they think of big trees that will rise almost to the sun. However, not all yards have the sun necessary to grow a big apple tree or oak tree. Maybe you have a small lot and your house shades the yard, or maybe your neighbors' trees have gotten a head start on yours and overshadow your property. Whatever the situation, if you have a shady lot, you don't have to forego planting trees. There are several varieties that thrive in less than full sun.

Trees to plant on a shady property

1. Japanese Maple. The delicate and striking deep red leaves are a nice addition to any property's landscaping. Its compact, drooping shape make it a decorative addition to a perennial garden or entrance garden. The Japanese maple grows to be about eight feet tall.

2. Flowering Dogwood. The flowering dogwood is another tree that prefers not to be battered by full sun all day. This classic under-story tree does best when exposed the the dappled sun that makes its way through the taller (full sun) trees. The dogwood is suitable for planting in USDA hardiness zones 5-8. This tree rewards homeowners with a beautiful display of delicate white, cream, or pink blossoms in mid-Spring.

3. Serviceberry. While few trees till thrive without at least partial sun during the day, the serviceberry tree happily grows tall in full shade. It also offers interesting foliage and fruit in all four seasons with small white flowers in the spring, purple berries in the summer, bridge orange leaves in the fall, and striking silver bark in the winter. This tree is easy to grow and is hardy in USDA zones 2-9. If you prefer a smaller tree, you can keep it trimmed to shrub size.

4. Flowering almond tree. Yet another beautiful tree that enjoys a shady spot in the yard is the flowering almond. This fast-growing tree produces tiny, pink blossoms in the early spring before filling out into a canopy of bright green, oval-shaped leaves. This is another tree that doesn't grow to be too tall. The dwarf variety of the flowering almond only grows to be around four to five feet tall.

If your property is covered with shade most of the day, you don't have to resign yourself to doing without trees in your yard. Simply plant trees that thrive in the shade, such as flowering dogwood, serviceberry, Japanese Maple, and flowering almond trees.

For more information, contact a landscape design firm. 


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