Landscaping and Trees for Shade
Trees for shade are key in any landscape. They add aesthetic appeal in addition to being functional. We are certainly blessed with a wide variety of shade-creating trees, but there is a need for caution as some types of trees don’t work well in certain areas. Before selecting which trees to plant from the list below, it is important to understand which trees suit which landscape or growing zones.
Landscaping and Trees for Shade
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established growing zones throughout the U.S. The zones are defined according to average minimum winter temperatures, within a margin of 10 degrees Fahrenheit, from 1976 to 2005. While the whole of the USA is divided into zones 1 – 13, the U.S. continent ranges only from 3 – 10.
Summary of Landscaping Zones and Temperatures
- Zone 01: -60 to -50F (minus temperatures)
- Zone 02: -50 to -40F (minus temperatures)
- Zone 03: -40 to -30F (minus temperatures)
- Zone 04: -30 to -20F (minus temperatures)
- Zone 05: -20 to -10F (minus temperatures)
- Zone 06: -10 to 0F
- Zone 07: 0 to 10F
- Zone 08: 10 to 20F
- Zone 09: 20 to 30F
- Zone 10: 30 to 40F
- Zone 11: 40 to 50F
- Zone 12: 50 to 60F
- Zone 13: 60 to 70F
Quaking Aspen: Zones 01 – 07
Quaking Aspen trees are big versatile trees that you can plant in 7 different zones, more zones than any of the others on the list. This type of tree does well at sea level and up at the tree line. Not only do they provide shade, but Quaking Aspen trees are also known for their vibrant color as well.
Northern Red Oak: Zones 03 – 08
Clean and stately, the shady Northern Red Oak is considered to be a national treasure. Hardiness, adaptability, and magnificent fall colors make this tree very popular. Northern Red Oak trees are also fast growing.
Northern Catalpa: Zones 04 – 08
Twisting trunk, giant heart-shaped leaves, showy white flowers, and fast-growing make this tree an ideal shade tree for your yard.
Red Sunset Maple: Zones 04 – 08
Fast-growing, leafy, and colorful, the Red Sunset maple lives up to its name in the summer and fall months. The Red Sunset Maple tree also has small winter and spring flowers.
Hackberry: Zones 03 – 09
The Hackberry is highly touted for its toughness. The best place for planting Hackberry trees is east of the Rockies, in Florida and Southern Canada. Hackberry trees cope very well in areas with lots of rainfall and also stand firm in strong winds.
Pin Oak: Zones 04 – 08
Pin Oak trees thrive in a variety of soil conditions and temperatures. The wood is strong and it offers dense shade, making it a great addition to your landscaping.
River Birch: Zones 04 – 09
The River Birch is equally at home along river banks and away from the river. It has spreading limbs, a unique curing bark, and beautiful fall colors. The River Birch tolerates being wet and copes with some draught.
American Sweetgum: Zones 05 – 09
This beauty has interesting fruit, star-shaped leaves, and unusual growths on its twigs. These features make it interesting to look at and add an aesthetic appeal to your landscaping.
Additional Reading: Planting Under Trees
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