Screening and shading a building, particularly its windows, can significantly benefit a home. A single large tree can provide as much as a 9% reduction in cooling demand, according to one study.

Screening and shading a building, particularly its windows, can significantly benefit a home. A single large tree can provide as much as a 9% reduction in cooling demand, according to one study.

I so totally want these. I had one before, but it needs a whole lot of sun to burn bright like this in the fall.

I so totally want these. I had one before, but it needs a whole lot of sun to burn bright like this in the fall.

Gingkos put on a spectacular yellow show in fall. Considered living fossils because they are the last survivors of tree varieties that grew worldwide 200 million years ago, gingkos are related to conifers but have fan-shaped leaves rather than needles. The leaves resemble those of the maidenhair fern, thus the common name: maidenhair tree. Trees often have an umbrella shape and can grow 80 feet tall, though many stay only half that height.  Full sun; regular to moderate water; Zones 4–9

Gingkos put on a spectacular yellow show in fall. Considered living fossils because they are the last survivors of tree varieties that grew worldwide 200 million years ago, gingkos are related to conifers but have fan-shaped leaves rather than needles. The leaves resemble those of the maidenhair fern, thus the common name: maidenhair tree. Trees often have an umbrella shape and can grow 80 feet tall, though many stay only half that height. Full sun; regular to moderate water; Zones 4–9

Cratigus 'Washington Hawthore' Great for privacy and accent, is often planted along property lines. This is a low-branched tree, so keep in mind that it will block the view of anything you put it in front of. Hawthorn adds an extremely native look to the landscape, and looks great in odd numbered clusters. This tree should be kept at least 10ft away from buildings. Because this tree has large, aggressive thorns in the upper canopy it is best not to plant next to walkways or high traffic…

Cratigus 'Washington Hawthore' Great for privacy and accent, is often planted along property lines. This is a low-branched tree, so keep in mind that it will block the view of anything you put it in front of. Hawthorn adds an extremely native look to the landscape, and looks great in odd numbered clusters. This tree should be kept at least 10ft away from buildings. Because this tree has large, aggressive thorns in the upper canopy it is best not to plant next to walkways or high traffic…

11 Trees you should never plant in your yard. This is fascinating. Black walnut trees inhibit other plants, i.e. vegetable gardens, from growing. Great info on what to AVOID planting!

11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard: 1. Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

11 Trees you should never plant in your yard. This is fascinating. Black walnut trees inhibit other plants, i.e. vegetable gardens, from growing. Great info on what to AVOID planting!

3 Trees for Fall Color: Autumn Blaze Maple is Not the Only Crayon in the Box – Square Pennies

3 Trees for Fall Color: Autumn Blaze Maple is Not the Only Crayon in the Box – Square Pennies

The Weeping Cherry is a spectacular, fast-growing tree of uncommon beauty. #PinMyDreamBackyard

The Weeping Cherry is a spectacular, fast-growing tree of uncommon beauty. #PinMyDreamBackyard

Alternative Privacy Shrubs and Trees You Might be Missing

Alternative Privacy Shrubs and Trees You Might be Missing

It might be true that there is little better than Arborvitae, Junipers and Yews for providing a natural privacy screen, that is unless you are tired of evergree

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