Purposeful Positioning

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Most trees require full sun, although there are some that tolerate varying degrees of shade. It is important to find out if your tree tolerates shade before you plant it in a shady spot.

Most trees do not tolerate standing water for very long, with the notable exception of those species that grow in swamps and along river bottoms. Drainage is an important consideration when deciding where to plant a tree. If possible, observe the location after a rain to see if water stands and for how long.

Mature Size
Always be aware of the potential size of the tree you plant. Don't doom large trees by planting them too close to a building, roadway, or power line.

Places where people live, work and play need shade. Before air conditioning became prevalent, shade trees were our air conditioners. People built their living, working and recreational spaces around large shade trees and made sure to plant more. Even today, our air conditioners work much more efficiently if we have trees that shade the condenser unit and the building it cools.
tree location diagram, summer
To optimize the shade of newly planted trees, use them on the southwest side for protection from the brutal afternoon sun in the summer. Choose deciduous trees so the winter sun can still provide warmth.
tree location diagram, winter
Evergreen trees planted on the northwest side can help block cold winter winds and help prevent heat loss. Evergreen trees can also be used to screen unwanted views, reduce unwanted noise, and provide privacy.
cedar waxwings
Sometimes it is nice to plant a tree just because it gives you pleasure to look at it, smell its flowers, or touch its bark. A specimen tree planted where we can see it from a favorite spot will give pleasure for its entire life. Different types of trees display such a variety of flowers, leaves, fruit, and bark, that this can be a daunting decision. Sometimes we plant trees for the fruit or nuts they produce. It pays big dividends to find out ahead of time the mature size, shade tolerance, drainage requirements, and insect or disease problems of the variety you intend to plant.

Choose from List of Shade/Canopy Trees

Choose from List of Ornamental Trees

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