Trees are an excellent way to upgrade virtually any New Jersey property. When used as part of an ornamental landscape, trees deliver instant curb appeal, provide shade in areas that receive too much sun, deliver gorgeous foliage throughout the year, and help clean the air around us. Best of all, the trees in your New Jersey yard can actually lower your utility bills and increase the value of your property.
When you’re ready to include trees your New Jersey landscapes, it’s important to choose wisely. Here are five of the best tree varieties that thrive in our area:
This hardy planting grows well in all soil types, reaching anywhere from 70 feet up to over 100 feet tall. The Dawn Redwood does best in open areas; however, it also works well in spaces with trees as long as you give it enough space to accommodate its wide trunk. Its impressive height makes it a great option for a place that needs a little shade or as part of a border wall. Like many redwoods, young Dawn Redwood plantings have a beautiful reddish bark that fades as the plant matures and will require watering during droughts.
This perennial planting grows well in very wet soil, making it a sound choice for areas near wetlands. Reaching a full height between 10 to 20 feet, the Hazel Alder is considered a small tree that thrives in either full or partial sun. What it lacks in height, the Hazel Alder makes up for in beauty. In the spring it touts lovely flowers followed by the gorgeous veined foliage of dark and light green leaves.
Home and business owners seeking an attractive yet low maintenance tree often select a Kousa Dogwood. This highly ornamental tree works well in full or partial sun and more acidic soils. The Kousa Dogwood starts out growing straight up; however, as it matures its branches begin to extend out horizontally, forming a gorgeous natural canopy. With bright green leaves and pristine white flowers in the spring, the Kousa Dogwood makes a perfect choice as a standalone tree or mixed in with other shrubberies.
Red Oak is not only a popular choice for yards and gardens – but it’s also New Jersey’s official state tree! The Red Oak is strong, tall, and sturdy, offering plenty of shade as well as a home for smaller birds and animals within its branches. Best of all, the Red Oak is a fast grower that can quickly enhance any of your exterior property spaces, particularly during the fall season when it offers brilliant, colorful foliage.
The Sweet Birch is a robust and beautiful tree often found in New Jersey landscapes for a multitude of reasons. On average, the Sweet Birch grows to a height of 40-50 feet, which offers an extensive stretch of shade for humans and critters looking to get out of the sun. Additionally, this tree has pretty yellow foliage and a rich red-brown bark that adds an instant burst of color to a yard or bed. Nature lovers also appreciate that this planting attracts songbirds and butterflies to its branches but can still withstand some of the indigenous pests found in our region.
Still have questions about which trees to plant in your New Jersey landscapes?
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