Trees to Consider for Your Colorado Yard

Trees are an essential part of any landscape. Trees provide shade and beauty to a home. They can also help increase property values—and they are good for the environment. 

When it comes to planting trees in yards along the Front Range, there are some favorites that homeowners might want to consider. The following trees have high marks because they grow so well in our semi-arid climate.
American Hornbeam

These lovely trees are distinctive because of the striking patterns on their bark. The textured bark resembles the muscles on a weightlifter; in fact, the tree is also known as a “musclewood.” These trees produce fruit in the fall, and along with their yellow and red fall leaves, they provide an elegant look against the backdrop of a winter landscape.
American hornbeams grow at a moderate rate, reaching 25 to 30 feet tall at full maturity. Although you should water regularly for the first few years of its life, after that, it is a reasonably drought-tolerant tree.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Kentucky coffee trees got their name because of the seed pods that fall from them. They were used by early settlers as a type of coffee drink. These resilient trees have a slower growth rate, but after they are established, they are quite tall—and may reach 50 feet. At about 40 feet wide, they are striking. With their 2-foot-long leaf segments, they have an almost tropical look. They are both heat- and drought-tolerant, making them an excellent choice for Front Range homeowners.

Japanese Tree Lilac

Lilac bushes are popular, but the Japanese tree lilac has a globe shape that gets much taller than the beloved shrubs. They are relatively small, growing to be just 15 to 20 feet tall and wide, and they are trouble-free for the most part. They flower in late June, and the fragrance from these creamy white flowers is delicious. Plant them near your deck or patio so you can enjoy the fragrance. When the flowers are gone, they are dense enough to provide plenty of shade. 

Russian Hawthorn

Russian hawthorns are extremely tolerant to drought, so they are another low-maintenance choice for Colorado yards. Water while the root system is being established, but after that, you shouldn’t have to worry too much—even during the driest summer. These trees grow about 15 to 20 feet tall with the same width. Their golden yellow bark peels naturally and provides interest during the winter.

Burr Oak

This tall tree can grow to heights of 50 feet or more. They grow at a moderate rate and produce acorns every year. The burr oak is adaptable to many different types of soils. Its leaves turn a brownish-yellow every fall, bringing a splash of color to your yard.

Contact a Denver Tree Service Company

Whatever types of trees you have in your yard, make sure you have them serviced and maintained regularly. Our established tree service company has been taking care of trees along the Front Range for years, and we would love to take care of yours. Contact us today!
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