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Crabapple, Linden, Spruce, Oh My. The Great Tree Debate!

Their are so many tree options for your yard. It can be hard to decide which one is the right one for you. Let’s discuss a few of the basic differences, but ultimately you’ll want to find out more about each particular tree your considering before making a final choice

Flowering Trees

Pyrus callyranna

Flowering Pear

Flowering tree’s add texture and color to your landscape. Most are early bloomers, so they give you some of your first splash of color come spring. They are also typically smaller in size and stature so they give you a tree option without requiring tons of space.  These would probably not be on the top of the list for helping with utility bills; although they may be a good choice for screening in some situations. 

Shade Trees

Acer x Freemanii

Freeman Maple

However; shade tree’s are great for helping control utility bills if planted in the correct place. Place a large shade tree near the southwest corner of your house and it will help keep your house cool and shady in summer but allow light and warmth through in winter.  Shade tree’s typically have a wide spectrum of fall colors as well, adding to their appeal.  This is due to the different chemicals produced in the leaf (some year round) although that is a discussion for another day.

Fruit Trees


Apple Tree

Fruit tree’s serve a very specific purpose and should be considered only if your willing to put in a little extra effort to care for your tree’s. Most of these tree’s all require multiple chemical applications each year to keep them healthy and producing great fruit.  It is important to note as well, that for many of the fruits that are popular and grow well in our region, you do in fact, need more than one tree to actually produce fruit.


Columnar Spruce

Columnar Spruce

Evergreens’ are great as sound, visual, or wind barrier’s as they always have needle structure present.  (Just a tidbit though, evergreens’ do actually drop their needles, it just happens during  the needles thirds year of growth.  By then, new needles have started growing so most people never even notice the change.)  They also carry a distinct style with many shape and even color options to choose from. From vase shapes to weeping forms, or round wispy tree’s to broad pyramidal structures, you’re sure to find an evergreen that appeals to your sense of style.


No matter what your goal, tree’s add a distinct flare and important balance to your landscape. In  your landscape, we refer to them as the ceiling of your outdoor living space.  They should not be overlooked. Take some time, do your homework, and choose a tree (or two) that your going to love for many, many years to come.