What Are Most Popular Trees For Landscaping?

What are most popular trees for landscaping? Trees that have something of interest throughout the year are often popular landscape choices. When asked about what the most popular trees for landscaping are,...

When asked about what the most popular trees for landscaping are, our panel of top experts from Greenview Landscaping including Johanna who has been a landscape designer with the company since 2002, Ben who is a landscape design/build manager, and Tom who serves as the company's maintenance manager, says, "People are looking for trees that are interesting throughout the year and shade trees; they like trees that make color, fall colors, spring flowers, maybe even berries. People also like ornamental trees that flower throughout the year, giving the touch of a spraying berry around the year. Trees such as a magnolia or crab, kind of brighten things up when they start flowering in the spring. If you get some of the crab trees or pear trees, they have a nice murkier or reddish fall color, which is always nice. People also like trees that attract any kind of bird life. Evergreen trees are attractive to birds for nesting, so some people will plant only the landscape choices for bird life."


Many different trees have these various popular attributes. A range of species are indigenous to different areas such as the popular "Yoshino Cherry Tree" that made Washington D.C famous for its cherry blossoms or the "Hardy Rubber Tree" found in the Midwest. Assorted trees also thrive in diverse conditions. A "Sweetbay Magnolia", for example, grows best in wet areas where as the "Common Hackberry Tree" prefers dryer soils and the "Black Locust" can live just fine in either circumstance. Another aspect that you need to take into consideration is that, just like other living things, different trees tend to grow better under different exposure to sunlight. The best conditions for certain trees can also depend on something as simple as city or country life. The "Sugar Maple" is not an urban dweller, while the popular "Japanese Pagodatree" is a frequent resident, sitting contentedly in the middle of all the "hustle and bustle".




Sometimes, it just comes down to the actual amount of room you have to plant. You may have always wanted to sit and read under a "Weeping Willow" but if you have a smaller yard and it starts to invade your neighbors, they may not share the same dream. This can also be a problem if you want to include other living elements in your landscaping design such as plants and/or shrubs. If not properly spaced, one can grow into another's domain and may even end up choking the roots of the other. The "English Oak" is an example of a tree that needs a large space, being in appearance as stoutly as its name sounds.

So, to recap, when trying to decide on what trees to use during landscaping, you need to consider the following: climate, size (of both the tree and of your yard), what purpose you want it to serve (whether it be for shade, ornamental reasons or both) and other various factors depending upon the area that you reside in. No wonder so many people choose to hire a professional landscaper!

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