Set the Scene With a Large Tree

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Excerpted from Garden Design
  • Mimosa is Large Tree that Buds in Orange for Color

    Silver Wattle

    Silver wattle (also, mimosa) is an evergreen tree with fern-like, silvery-green divided leaves. Orange buds, followed by fragrant clusters of flowers, will add color and scent from winter through spring. Silver wattle is susceptible to frost, so plant it in a sheltered site in full sun with well-drained soil. Expect the silver wattle to grow to 50-100 feet tall, and 20-30 feet wide.

  • Field Maple Produces Helicopter Seed Pod in Spring

    Field Maple

    The leaves of the deciduous field maple are red when young, green by late summer then yellow and red in the fall. The green flowers in spring produce helicopter-looking inedible fruits that children love to play with. Expect the field maple to grow to 25-80 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Its ideal growing conditions are full or partial sun and well-drained soil.

  • Norway Maple is Fast Growing Ornamental Tree

    Norway Maple 'Crimson King'

    The Norway maple is a vigorous deciduous tree. 'Crimson King' has large dark red-purple leaves that turn orange in the fall. Red-tinged yellow flowers develop in mid-spring. Fast-growing, the Norway maple makes a useful screen, but is at its as an ornamental specimen. Norway maple trees will grow to 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide when planted in its ideal growing conditions: full or partial sun and well-drained soil.

  • Red Maple Turns Bright Red in Fall

    Red Maple

    The glossy, dark green summer foliage of the red maple turns bright red in the fall, followed by clusters of tiny red flowers in spring. At up to 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide, fully grown, this large deciduous beauty needs plenty of space. The red maple does best in well-drained soil.

  • The Deciduous Black Alder is Useful as a Screen

    European Alder

    The deciduous European alder produces yellow-brown catkins in late winter or early spring, and small, egg-shaped inedible fruit in summer. The European alder, which grows to 80 feet tall and 30 feet wide, prefers full sun and moist soil; it does well in a coastal setting and makes a gorgeous screen.

  • Peeling Bark of Black Birch is Main Attraction

    Black Birch

    The peeling bark of the black birch is a real stunner, revealing the tree's transition from red-brown when young to blackish or gray-white as it ages. Yellow-brown catkins appear in early spring, and its glossy, diamond-shaped leaves turn buttery yellow in the fall. At a maximum of 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide, group planting is possible and even preferred. Black birch craves full sun and can tolerate range of soil conditions, from well-drained to wet.

  • Himalayan Birch has Eye Catching Pure White Trunk

    Himalayan Birch

    The Himalayan birch does fine in fall, when its oval leaves turn yellow, and spring, when its yellow-brown catkins appear. But it's winter when tree's unique beauty really shines, as its bark peels. Expect the Himalayan birch to grow to 60 feet tall and 30 feet wide when planted in ideal growing conditions: full sun and well-drained soil.

  • Blue Atlas Cedar Known for Size and Blue Foliage

    Blue Atlas Cedar

    This giant among conifers sports blue-green foliage, silvery-gray bark and cylindrical cones in the fall. Think carefully before planting the blue Atlas cedar; although a slim 30 feet wide at full development, it can grow to 130 feet tall. Blue Atlas cedars grow best in full sun, and well-drained or chalky soil.

  • Katsura Tree Best Used in Woodland Setting

    Katsura Tree

    The fast-growing deciduous Katsura tree brings a rainbow to your yard: new leaves turn from bronze to mid-green, then yellow, orange, and red in the fall, especially in an acidic soil. With the right conditions - full sun, well-drained soil and even a woodland setting - the Katsura tree can grow to 70 feet tall and 50 feet wide.

  • Cider Gum Tree Sheds its Bark in Summer

    Cider Gum

    The cider gum's bark is whitish-green until late summer, when pink- or orange-tinted new bark and clusters of small white or cream flowers appear. To highlight its attractive young leaves cut back hard in early spring. The cider gum will grow to 80 feet tall and 30 feet wide in full sun and moist soil.

  • Beauty of Purple Beech is Its Rich Purple Leaves

    Purple European Beech

    The beauty of this beech lies in its deep purple leaves, which need full sun and well-drained soil to grow to a stately 80 feet tall and 50 feet wide, and achieve its best color. A spreading, deciduous tree, the purple Europoean beech can be used for hedging, in a woodland setting or as a focal point. For dramatic effect, plant it next to a golden-leaved tree, such as the southern catalpa 'Aurea.'

  • Bhutan Pine Produces Decorative Pine Cones in Fall

    Himalayan Pine

    The Himalayan pine is a graceful evergreen tree with long, thin, blue-green leaves and gray bark which starts smooth but becomes dappled over time. It produces decorative brown pine cones in the fall. Plant the Himalayan pine in full sun and well-drained soil, and watch it grow up to 70 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

  • Holm Oak has Small Acorns in Fall

    Holly Oak

    A majestic, round-headed evergreen tree, the holly oak has glossy, dark green leaves, striking yellow catkins in the summer and small acorns by fall. It makes a good screen or hedge on coasts, as well as other sites with full or partial sun, and well-drained or shallow chalk soil. The holly oak can grow to 80 feet tall and 70 feet wide.

  • Common English Yew Excellent for Clipped Hedging

    English Yew

    A slow-growing evergreen conifer with distinctive dark green, needle-like leaves, English yew is excellent for hedging and topiary when clipped well. While tolerant of many levels of light - full or partial sun, or shade - English yew can grow to 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide when planted in well-drained soil . A cautionary note to parents of young children and pet owners: English yew is poisonous.

Excerpted from Garden Design

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