Great Trees for Front Range Landscapes

Trees are the foundation of any landscape. They not only anchor the landscape but they provide beauty and shade. If you are in the market for new trees to update the look of your garden or landscape, your Denver tree service company has some recommendations.

American Hornbeam

These trees are well known for the striking patterns that appear on their bark.  The texture almost looks like the muscle sinew you would see on an athlete. Another great feature of this tree is the fruit that it produces in the fall. It has a yellow and red leaf color in the fall. These trees have a moderate growth rate and grow up to 30 feet tall. Once they are established, they do well in our semi-arid climate.

Kentucky Coffee Tree

These trees got their name because Native Americans and early settlers in the west used the ripened seed pods as a sort of coffee-type beverage. These beautiful and resilient trees grow from slow to moderate rates. They can get quite tall—up to 50 feet—and wide—up to 40 feet. They have a tropical look to them because of their leaves, which turn a bright yellow in the fall.  The large pods are usually hidden during the full bloom of summer, but in the wintertime, they provide a lovely look of interest. These tough trees are tolerant of both heat and drought after two years of well-watering while they become established.

Japanese Tree Lilac

These lilac trees have a globe shape that is taller than the flowering shrubs we are all familiar with.  They grow to a reasonable height of 15 to 20 feet tall. They are at their most beautiful late in June, and the fragrance from its creamy white flowers is amazing. Be sure to plant these beauties in a location where you can enjoy their fragrance. Once the flowers are gone, the trees provide good shade. After a few seasons of regular watering, they can handle the heat and drought of our Front Range climate.

Russian Hawthorn

If you are looking for an extremely drought-tolerant tree, you might want to consider the Russian Hawthorne. Once planted and watered for a couple of years, their root system should be well established, and the tree will thrive in our dry climate. They grow to be 15 to 20 feet tall and wide, and their form is slightly oval with spreading lower branches. Their dark green leaves turn yellow in the fall. Clusters of flowers emerge in the spring, and if they are not knocked off by heavy spring snows, they mature into red berries later in the season. Between the bark and berries, these trees are nice to look at in winter and add an element of interest to the landscape.

Burr Oak

These trees produce acorns every year and have a substantial bark that takes on a deeply furrowed look as they age. The squirrels in your neighborhood will appreciate the acorns they produce every year. They grow at a moderate rate and can reach heights of up to 50 feet.

If you have questions about the trees on your landscape, give the professionals at Root Tree Service a call! Contact us today.
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