Planning Your Landscaping – Which Are The Best Trees For Shade?

Yes there really is a house under there!

Yes there really is a house under there!

At the end of last year we took out our massive Ficus tree as it’s thirsty roots were a danger to our plumbing, and its weighty branches and even bigger danger to ours and our neighbors houses.

However this will also mean we lost a lot of shade on the hottest side of the house so what to plant instead?

Shade trees are one of the best ways to improve the overall look of your yard, boost your home’s value and bring natural shade to areas of the yard you spend the most time in.

Enjoying your yard can be difficult in summer months due sun exposure and high temperatures, so what can you do to ensure you and your family spends more time outside doing the things you enjoy while having protection from harmful UV rays?

Awnings are great however they only reach a short distance, with a few shade trees you can select areas of your yard that you want more shade in without restrictions.Red-Maple shade tree sun protection

Red Maple trees are terrific for shading the sun and the vibrant red and orange leafs provide an art piece for all your neighbors to appreciate.

Green Weeping Willows have ground sweeping vines and branches and make for a majestic garden area. weeping willow tree shade sun protectionThough low lying, this tree still gives an intimate yet shaded area.

The best tree for shade has got to be the River Birch; these fast growing trees supply ample shade due to the expansion of their limbs.  Shaped  like a pyramid trimming and maintenance is easy.

If you’re thinking about landscaping your yard this summer, consider planting a few shade trees.  You’ll enjoy the hot summers with some much needed relief while adding value to your home.  With so many different shapes, styles and colors you truly can create a masterpiece right in your own yard!

River Birch shade tree


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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6 Responses to Planning Your Landscaping – Which Are The Best Trees For Shade?

  1. Nina says:

    I love the pictures but where’s the River Birch? I want to see it too 🙂 Great piece!

  2. theINFP says:

    I find a deciduous tree will provide shade in the Summer and allow Winter sun into your home. Even grape vines do the trick in the right climate.

  3. PK Read says:

    Great post – putting it up on Twitter!

  4. I would definitely choose a Red Maple tree as they are so beautiful!!

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