Ornamental Trees For Planting Close To Houses
Planting ornamental trees close to the home accentuates focal points, such as entryways, flowerbeds and patios. There are several good ornamental trees for planting close to houses that homeowners can choose. Here are some of them. Many trees that produce ornamental fall color thrive under full sun. The “October Glory” red maple tree (Acer rubrum “October Glory”), U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 8, grows in a wide range of wet but well-drained acidic soils. The American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), also known as the liquidambar tree, USDA zones 5 through 10, tolerates wet to dry, highly acidic to slightly alkaline clay, loam or sand. Both trees produce vibrant fall color before shedding their leaves in the fall. The flowering “Seminole” crape myrtle tree (Lagerstroemia indica “Seminole”), USDA zones 7 through 9, and the purple orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata), USDA zones 9 through 11, grow under full sun. The “Seminole,” which produces cheerful pink flowers in the summer, tolerates a variety of moist to dry, highly acidic to slightly alkaline soils. The drought-tolerant purple orchid tree, which produces scented pink or lavender flowers in the spring or winter, prefers moist, highly acidic to slightly alkaline loam or sand.
Ornamental trees notable for their ornamental bark, such as the river birch (Betula nigra), USDA zones 4 through 9, and the Sydney blue gum (Eucalyptus saligna), USDA zones 8 through 10, grow well under full sun. The river birch tree, which produces smooth or exfoliating bark ranging from dark brown to pink, tolerates full shade as well as full sun. It grows best in moist or wet highly acidic to slightly alkaline loam or sand.