Shade Trees For The Backyards
Mature shade trees; big, broad-canopied shelters for backyard picnics and playhouses; are a priceless feature in the landscape. There are some good shade trees for your backyard. Here are some of them. Though the flowers of a linden tree are inconspicuous, their fragrance is unforgettable. Growing at a moderate pace to 50 feet tall or more, they are known for their picturesque form. Lindens are very adaptable to environmental conditions and grow well throughout the country, except in the subtropical parts of California, Texas, Florida and Arizona. Another choice is a Crepe Myrtle tree. These neat and tidy trees thrive almost everywhere, except in the coldest parts of the country. Red, pink, white and purple varieties are all commonly available, but they all have characteristically smooth bark, that is either tan or reddish-brown. Growing up to about 30 feet tall, crepe myrtles are on the short end what is considered a shade tree, but their adaptability and impeccable resistance to pests and disease make them a worthy candidate, especially for smaller yards.
Or you can go with catalpa trees. Catalpas have luxurious foot-long drupes of fragrant purple-white flowers and enormous leaves that cast dense shade. They are often used as street trees because of their resistance to heat, smog and compacted soils, meaning they will thrive in almost anyone’s backyard. They are a great choice for the Midwest, in particular.