Tree Landscaping Ideas

Trees create a long-lasting, striking and constantly evolving display to the landscape. Grown in hundreds of varieties, each with its own distinct size, shape and color, trees are a landscaping staple for small or large gardens. Lining a garden path or used as a privacy screen, trees bring magnificent heights and widths to the garden. During their blossoming season, flowers light up their branches for a vibrant garden site.

Japanese Maple

Planting a Japanese maple tree creates a showy landscape display. Their bright, blazing fall colors like the up the landscape to create a focal point to the yard. Grown in a backyard patio or front flowerbed, Japanese maple trees provide a mass of delicate leaves that complement other seasonal plants. A showy and hardy Japanese maple tree variety is the threadleaf Japanese maple. Growing 6- to 10-feet tall and wide, the threadleaf Japanese maple has a mound-like, cascading form that is ideal planted in containers or used in a small garden for a specimen plant. Threadleaf Japanese maple trees have deep-cut leaves that are green and fringed with purple to turn a golden color during fall. Tiny purple, delicate flowers emerge on the threadleaf maple in fall to light up the tree. Threadleaf Japanese maple trees require full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. The USDA Hardiness Zone for planting is 6 to 8.

Callery Pear

Callery pear trees are deciduous trees with a rapid growth rate and medium texture. Their upright, conical shape and bright fall colors creates a landscape tree. Planted along a garden path or lining a driveway, callery pear trees create a showy landscape display. Growing 20- to 40-feet tall and 20- to 30-feet wide, callery pear trees have spring-blooming white flowers that bring color to a spring garden. The ethereal feel of the callery pear in spring is nonetheless magnificent. In fall the dark green leaves of the callery pear tree turn a scarlet to red color. Easy to transplant, callery pear trees are hardy trees that withstand drought and heat. Callery pear trees require full sun and a range of soil types, making for an adaptable landscape tree. The Hardiness Zone for planting is 5 to 8.

Eastern Redbud

Nothing says spring like an Eastern red bud tree. Their red to purple flowers light up the tree to create a magical feel to the landscape. Eastern red bud trees are stunning as a solitary tree along a backyard landscape or lining an orchard or backyard garden. Their rounded crown and horizontal branches hold the heart-shaped leaves that grow 3- to 5-inches long. Drought-tolerant, eastern red bud trees grow 20- to 30-feet tall and 25- to 35-feet wide. The clusters of tiny flowers and fruit are a gardeners delight. Eastern redbud trees require full sun for maximum flowering and moist, well-drained soil to flourish and thrive. The Hardiness Zone for planting is 4 to 9.

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Callie Barber is a writer, designer and photographer in North Carolina. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate your indoor and outdoor living environment. Her articles have appeared in and and her photography has been featured in "Automotive News" magazine and