7 Trees That Will Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Improving your home’s curb appeal plays an important role when it is time to sell your home. This may be a long time from now, but investing in ways that will improve your home’s curb appeal later is something that you should start thinking about. Why? Because it takes time for beautiful front yard trees to reach their full potential. Imagine what the saplings you plant today will look like in a decade, or even two.
Curb appeal is, essentially, how attractive your property is from the outside—what someone sees when they approach your home. This is important for potential buyers, as despite the old saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” judging a home from the exterior is a normal part of purchasing a new home. Because of this, better curb appeal means your home will likely have a higher value when it comes time to sell. If you already have front yard trees, make sure you’re regularly trimming them, as that increases your home value too. If you don’t have any trees planted yet, start planting! Don’t know where to start? Here are seven front yard trees that will improve your home’s curb appeal.
This may have been the first tree to come to your mind when you thought of trees that would bring great curb appeal, as they can add a lot of beauty to your front yard. Magnolia trees are slow-growing, but they can reach a height of 80 feet.
During the springtime, big white blossoms appear on the branches. During the months of May and June in particular, flowers grow and let off a sweet fragrance. Then in the summer, the leaves become a glossy, deep green color.
2. Crape Myrtle
The crape myrtle is a popular choice, as it’s an ornamental tree that ranges in height, meaning that it’s a perfect fit for your front yard, regardless of whether your yard is small or large. They can remain at a mere 2 to 3 feet tall or grow into much larger 25-foot trees.
In the spring and summer, these trees produce vibrant blossoms in an array of colors, including lavender, watermelon-red, deep-red, light or dark pink, and shades of white. Some crape myrtle trees have leaves that will turn purple or red in the fall.
3. Tulip Tree
At first, tulip trees grow at a fast rate, growing more than 25 inches per year. But as they get older, their growth slows to about 13 to 24 inches each year. At maturity, they’re anywhere from 75 to 90 feet tall. However, if you would like a smaller variety, the little volunteer tulip tree is a great choice, as it only grows to around 15 feet.
The leaves on tulip trees are eye-catching, as they are lobe-shaped. These can sometimes hide the tulip-shaped flowers that begin to grow in the spring, but some will still be evident. These flowers are also fragrant and can attract local wildlife, such as bees. In the fall, the leaves turn yellow.
4. Blue Spruce
If you want a spruce tree that is visually striking, look no further than the blue spruce, which is named after its blue needles. These trees can grow up to 70 feet tall in the wild, but typically, in yards, they reach about 50 feet. There are also smaller varieties, which only reach 5 to 15 feet tall.
As these are evergreen trees, they keep their color year-round. They are a conical shape with sharply pointed foliage. In the fall, they grow and release pinecones, which many people choose to use in the winter decorations.
5. Japanese Maple
Japanese maple trees come in many different types, such as weeping or upright varieties, so you can choose the one for you. You can also choose between a very small size or a larger tree, depending on the size of your yard.
In particular, the red leaf Japanese maple will bring a lot of curb appeal to your home. In the fall, the leaves turn a deep red color, and some will keep this color throughout the year. There are no blooms during the springtime, but this is because it already has retained some of its red colors.
6. River Birch
Color is not the only characteristic that will drive curb appeal to your home; the shape of the tree can as well. River birch trees create a striking image as it branches out. It’s a fast-growing tree that reaches heights of 40 feet higher and taller. The bark on these trees curls and its limbs spread, which adds to its striking look.
The pale bark of the river birch will compliment any landscape. They will enhance your winter landscape in your front yard, giving off that picturesque holiday look. In the fall, the green leaves of the tree will fall off, exposing the peeling bark and its salmon-white to brownish color.
7. Flowering Dogwood
If your front yard tends to have more shade, the flowering dogwood is a good choice, as it does well in shade. These trees are on the smaller side as compared to others, reaching a maximum height of about 15 feet. They also attract birds and other wildlife.
Flowering dogwood trees have red branches that grow colorful flowers from late winter through the end of the summer. These flowers can be pink, yellow, purple, or white. In the fall, they have dramatic fall foliage, and based on the variety of dogwood you choose, the leaves will differ.
The above seven front yard trees are all great choices for you to plant if you’re looking to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you’re still not sure which one would work best in your front yard, give us a call today. We are happy to speak more with you, learn about your yard, and find out exactly what you’re looking for. We can then personally advise you as to which tree (or multiple trees) you should plant to achieve the curb appeal you want for your home.