Trees create the design of the landscapes used for residential purposes, bringing elegance and practical advantages. The best trees for your front yard can increase the value of your property by up to 15 %. They can help lower the utility cost through shade in the summer months and protect against the cold winter seasons. They can also help block out noise, making the yard and the home quieter and offering privacy.
Trees aid in combating climate change by absorption of carbon dioxide as well as providing oxygen. They help stabilize soils and reduce water runoff to reduce soil erosion, prevent the risk of flooding and recharge aquifers and keep water vapor out of the atmosphere. Since trees attract birds and other wildlife, they provide a healthy habitat. Below are some suggestions for trees to plant in your front backyard.
Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
The tree’s rapid growth is usually planted in clumps with several trunks that can be up to 70 feet. It is renowned for its striking white bark that peels off. This indigenous North American tree doesn’t tolerate the dryness of the climate, so it prefers shade in partial shade and well-drained soil. It thrives in zones 2-7. It is a slim tree that adds height and width to create a beautiful canopy. The yellow autumn leaves are equally attractive against white bark as summer’s greenery.
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
In the Eastern U.S., the sugar maple is a large and majestic tree that can reach 75 feet in height and has a broad-spread canopy that offers plenty of shade. The maple tree is famous for its syrup production; sugar maple is an adored autumn star, sporting dazzling colors of scarlet, orange, yellow, and red leaves that make good trees to plant in your front backyard. The home of birds, insects, and other miniature mammals, the maple requires space to grow. This shade-and-ornamental tree can last long if it has humid, well-drained soil. This maple likes a fresh, rural atmosphere in zones 3 to 8 and is tolerant of shade.
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
The evergreen coniferous Colorado blue spruce is part of the pine tree family. Its silvery-blue foliage creates an elongated pyramid that can grow 75 feet tall, creating a pleasant “Christmassy” aroma and pine cones. It is native to The Western U.S.; this evergreen thrives at higher elevations and in zones 3 to 7.
The spruce is a total sun fan and can tolerate most soils. This slow-grower is an easy-care tree to put in your front garden. However, it requires room to grow. If planted in rows as windbreaks or as a specimen tree, Colorado blue spruce makes a beautiful tree that draws birds.
Emerald Green Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)
A rapidly growing evergreen tree suitable for your front yard. Arborvitae emerald green quickly creates a privacy hedge. It is commonly used to line property borders in zones 5 to 9. It can grow up to 15-20 feet high; the Arborvitae displays an elongated, columnar, nearly architectural form. Flat sprays of soft green needles and cones resembling urns, Arborvitae are a great addition to the land.
They are incredibly hardy and can withstand all soil types. Plant companion plants that can be placed close to or around them are daylilies, roses, and shrubs. They are simple to care for but harmful to humans and animals.
The best option is planting rows along the street or on a property to create a natural, tall privacy screen.
Magnolia (Magnolia dodecapetala)
The magnolia makes an ideal flowering tree for the front garden with its vast and fragrant white, pink, or lavender goblet-shaped blooms in the early season. It is hardy from zones 4 to 9 in the United States; this beauty is like well-drained, moist acidic soil with full sun. However, it is advised to avoid exposure to the south that could cause the tree to flower too early. Also, exposed areas should be avoided since frosts can brown the flowers. Based on the species, magnolias are low-branching plants that can tend to be between 10 and 30 feet tall. Despite its small size, the magnolia is an impressive showpiece, putting on an impressive display and strewn across the ground with remnants of beautiful flowers.
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
One of the top shade trees is suitable for zones 3 through 8. The moderately rapid-growing red oak grows up to 75 feet with a rounded canopy, and the spread can reach 50 feet. It has a robust root system and sturdy wood. The strength of its hardwood ensures it is safe to plant near your home in areas that will provide plenty of shade. A healthy oak nourished with plenty of water in dry times and a generous amount of compost will yield a healthy tree and a striking display of red autumn foliage.
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Originating from the eastern region of North America, the eastern redbud is a tiny deciduous tree with small, pinkish-purple blossoms in early spring on its branches before heart-shaped leaves appear. It isn’t much taller than 20-30 feet tall. This medium-sized tree suitable for your front yard is nearly as wide. The ornamental redbud is tolerant in zones 4 to 9 and does not care about the soil type. It’s also drought-tolerant and likes the full sun to shade. Multiple trunks form the shape of a vase. This is a short-lived plant that doesn’t respond well to transplants.
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
From the central and eastern parts of North America comes a tall, straight tree that blooms in the springtime tulip-like blooms of an orange-yellow hue, with a hint of orange. The distinctive lobed leaves turn into a golden-golden shade in the fall. It thrives best in zones 4-9; the appropriately named tulip tree can reach 70 to 130 feet. It’s spread between 30 and 60 feet. The more sunny the spot, the taller and shorter it will grow. The sun-loving tree proliferates and is not plagued by pests, but does attract polinators and wildlife.