If you have a new property, or you have grown tired of the way things look at your old one. Maybe it is time to make your new landscaping plan. There are many things to consider and few things are more important than what kind of trees to plant. There are a lot of choices, and trees have very different properties and requirements. Here is a basic breakdown of the different tree types and what they can bring to your project.
- Flowering: Flowering trees are not a specific type of tree, as most trees produce some form of flower. A tree is considered flowering if it produces a significant number of beautiful flowers either annually or all year long. If you are planting a tree because you like flowers, it is best to get a type that flowers frequently and for long periods.
- Ornamental: Ornamental trees are trees that are desired for their shape, and sometimes their colour. Ornamental trees are usually small to medium size and they are frequently trimmed or pruned. These decorative trees are a main fixture of landscaping and there are many wonderful varieties like ornamental pears, Frangipani, and Liquidambar.
- Shade: Shade trees are usually tall with broad branches. They generally take a long time to grow, and you need to consider what is planted below because true to their name, they make shade. Eventually shade trees will need to be trimmed back. This process is called tree lopping in Perth and other parts of Australia. Or simply pruning in North America
- Narrow and Screening: Narrow and screening trees are used to fill in areas to provide privacy, or a windbreak. Narrow trees are often tall and there are some wonderful types. Hedge or shrub varieties make the best screening trees.
- Evergreen: Evergreen trees stay green all year long and usually are considered coniferous trees, but there are scaly leaved evergreens like the cedar, Evergreens come in every size and shape, and they can make a wonderful contribution to your landscape plan. They are limited by climate, however, and you must choose a variety that matches with your area.
Buying mature trees can be very expensive, but buying smaller trees means you will have to wait to see them reach their destiny. It is a good idea to do as much research as you can before you make a purchase. When the right choice is made, trees can become very personal and might become your favourite feature on your property.