Having a tree or trees on your property comes with a huge variety of benefits; some obvious, others subtle. Trees provide shade, fruit, a place for children to play, and have even been found to boost the moods of the people living near them. For a homeowner, the joys that come with having trees make them absolutely worth the effort.
If you are considering planting trees on your property, you have probably been thinking about which species will serve you the best. You will need to consider a number of factors, including what types of trees will thrive in your area. You’ll need to make different choices if you live in Portland as opposed to the Midwest, for example. For the question of what species of tree will survive best in your area, you can consult a tree service. You will also need to consider what you want to get out of owning trees. Do you want fruit trees? Or is it the privacy they provide that is more important to you?
Using Trees For Privacy
One of the most attractive ways you can protect the privacy of your home and family is to plant trees as a sort of natural wall. Besides privacy, trees will naturally bring shade and beauty to your property. To decide exactly which trees are the best to use, there are several things you need to consider. First, how much space do you have? Different requirements will call for different varieties. How tall will your trees need to be? Some trees, of course, grow much taller than others. You’ll also want to consider how dense you would like your privacy screen to be; certain trees can be planted close together while other species cannot. What about your climate? Evergreen trees will provide privacy year round; deciduous trees may not, although they may be more visually striking depending on the time of year. Here are some examples of the best trees to use for privacy:
This tree is actually not related to bamboo at all; it gets its name from its resemblance to the bamboo tree. In reality, heavenly bamboo is an evergreen shrub that is famous for the beautiful colors it provides throughout the year. When the leaves first appear in the springtime, they have a gorgeous shade of red; by summer, the plant will have grown white flowers all over. If the temperature becomes too cold, all of the leaves may fall off, although they will grow back once the climate warms up again. They generally grow to around 7 feet tall and can survive in a variety of conditions, preferring acidic soil.
This tree is one of the most popular for privacy screens; it has a distinctive pyramid shape and is extremely thick for an evergreen. Emerald arborvitae is very resistant to frost and ice, and can survive in a variety of soil conditions. It’s excellent if you have a medium amount of space; plant them about three feet apart for best results. These trees can get fairly tall, growing up to 15 feet in height once fully mature. Consult a tree service if you think this popular tree choice is right for you.
A shrub that thrives in the Pacific Northwest, this plant is the state flower of its namesake, Oregon. What makes it perfect for the Oregon climate is its resistance to drought; it can grow well in both sunlight and shade and has beautiful leaves all year round. During the summer, it produces distinctive yellow flowers and also has blue fruits that attract songbirds to your property. They can reach a height of about ten feet, although in many gardens they are kept to around five feet instead.
Rocky Mountain Juniper
One of the largest picks on this list, the Rocky Mountain juniper can grow to about 40 feet high. This tree prefers dry, rocky or sandy soils and is highly resistant to cold. It provides cones and small fruit, which are excellent for attracting butterflies and birds which can really enhance the beauty of your garden. This tree is not adapted to humid climates or areas with hot nights. It is also susceptible to certain diseases such as juniper blight. If you think that Rocky Mountain Junipers are a good choice for you, contact a tree service to have them advise you on whether it is appropriate for your climate or not.
Another evergreen, the American Holly is popular across the whole country and has been since colonial times. This tree requires about four hours of full sunlight per day, and grows attractive greenish flowers that will bring a pleasant scent to your property. This is another great choice for bringing wildlife to your area, as the American Holly grows fruit that will bring in birds and other small animals. This tree is vulnerable to cold, dry winds and will need to be sheltered from them. At its full height, the American Holly grows 40-50 feet tall.
The Wax Myrtle is native to the United States of America and is highly drought tolerant, as well as resistant to heat and poor soil. It can easily be trained into a privacy hedge if you make sure to prune it carefully. It can survive well in both direct sunlight and in shade which makes it an excellent choice for a variety of climates. It grows extremely fast, often up to five feet per year, and can reach a maximum height of twenty feet. This tree has other advantages as well, including a natural ability to repel insects. During the springtime, it grows yellowish flowers and is another excellent choice for a medium space.
Ultimately, it is up to you which tree you think is best for your property, and it’s a good idea to consult a tree service for further advice. In the Oregon area, Mr. Tree is a great choice for helping you choose, and ultimately plant, a privacy hedge.