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New England Shade Trees

Shade Trees are a boon to the ecology and bring beauty to any yard. When picking shade trees appropriate to New England you want to consider not only the hardiness of they varieties you are picking, you want to think about the fall, and what colors the tree can bring to your landscape. Here you can find a list of the top five trees to incorporate into your landscaping for beauty and ease.

Maple Trees
Available in a variety of species, maple trees are the best known of New England trees. The Silver Maple is particularly suited for wet ground and grows at moderate speed. In the fall it turns a spectacular golden yellow. Sugar Maples grow well in northern climates and turn a beautiful orange in fall. Japanese Maples have a more delicate leaf and sport a dark red color in the fall.

Birch Trees
Easily recognized by most people, the Birch sports a white trunk and dark green leaves. Some varieties of Birch feature peeling barks and have a smooth surface. Many Birches grow multiple trunks resulting in a clump of trees that grow together. While they can be susceptible to leaf miners and borers they tend to be healthy, hardy trees if well cared for. They can grow in moist soil but prefer well drained areas.

Ash Trees
Ash trees are particularly resistant to cold weather which makes them suitable even in the northern regions of New England. Green and white Ash trees are excellent additions to a home landscape as they both have some resistance to salt and don’t tend to have problems with insects or disease. These are low maintenance trees that grow beautifully with a minimum of care.

Oak Trees
Few things are as majestic as full grown Oak. Memories of Robin Hood and his Merry Men will spring to mind when you view the spread branches and rich foliage of an Oak. Smaller Pin Oaks can also be incorporated into a landscape. While Oaks do prefer an acidic soil they grow well all over the New England area. Slow to reach full size they can be huge trees that last for centuries if well treated.

Linden Trees
Lindens grow in a classic pyramidal shape when young but may change to a broader, symmetrical appearance as they age. Available in two basic varieties, little leaf and American, these trees like full sun whenever possible, but will do well in partial sun environments. Rarely plagued by insects they do well in just about any conditions. They also possess wonderfully fragrant flowers that add to the tree’s appeal.

It is no surprise that trees add value as well as beauty to a property. Few things in nature are as magnificent as a fully grown shade tree, and even fewer are as long lived. Aside from the obvious benefits of fresh air, shade and visual appeal, trees provide much needed homes for birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Shade Trees are relaxing to look at, and provide the perfect location for sitting at the end of a long day.

Houses that are shaded have lower energy costs during the hot summer months. Shade Trees provide sound reduction and some degree of privacy if properly placed. Well developed trees can be a favored spot for children looking for a hide out, make good structures for hanging swings and can be the perfect place to spot fairies with your kids.

Shade Trees are remarkable things, taking in our waste gases and turning them into clean, breathable air, holding onto soil and reducing erosion and providing comforting beauty wherever they are planted. Investing in Shade Trees for your yard is a wonderful way to contribute both to the environment and to your quality of living.