Native Trees for Easy Beauty!
Increase the beauty of your landscape the easy way- by planting native trees! It’s not too late to plant trees in your yard this fall. In fact, autumn is one of the best times to plant! The temperatures are mild and there is plenty of water, giving new trees an easier adjustment period. Trees are dormant above ground during winter but below, they are building their root systems. So, new trees can spend several months establishing strong roots before their first season of above-ground growth.
We recommend planting native trees in your yard for low-maintenance splendor and color. There are several lovely species to choose from that can be used as screen trees, shade trees, focal points and accent pieces. There are even small trees and larger shrubs that work well in shady yards or in containers. Native trees are naturally adapted to our climate and soil. Because they grow here naturally, they are accustomed to our wet, dark winters and do just fine in our dry summers. They do not generally need special care, beyond routine pruning, and are often resistant to many pests and diseases. They can handle our native soils and tolerate some outstanding moisture during winter.
We have already made a few recommendations of native trees on our Tree Planting page but we also wanted to tell you about a few other favorites:
Red Alder (Alnus rubra): This elegant deciduous tree loves wet areas and is often found near creeksides and marshes. Its tall trunk features white, spotty attractive bark. Bright green leaves adorn its branches along with little bunches of catkins and small clusters of dark cones, unusual for a deciduous tree! It has enough charm and visual interest for any yard and will provide shade for a hundred summers.
Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla): This slow-growing conifer features fine, small needles that grow in different lengths to create a lovely mottled effect on branches. It has a tall, upright form with slightly weeping branches and a quirky, drooping top, giving it a whimsical feeling. This Hemlock thrives in shady yards and will grow to be a statuesque staple in your yard over the years.
Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nutalli): This small tree makes a big statement every spring when its large, showy white bracts appear around tiny flowers on its branches. It has lovely, smooth white bark and oval, deeply-veined leaves. Clusters of red-orange fruit appear in late spring and summer. The Pacific Dogwood is a harbinger of spring and an easy-going specimen for any landscape.
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