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The Best Trees to Improve Property Value

By Jay Golberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

A house can have a higher market value when it is put up for sale if it has an attractive landscape that includes healthy and attractive trees. Trees that are prone to disease or insects or break apart easily in high winds can take away from the market value of a home, because the cost of replacing or removing a problem tree must be considered when computing the purchase price of the home.

Bald Cypress

The bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) grows to 100 feet tall and is tolerant of adverse conditions that include dry or alkaline soil. It is a medium-fast grower and has good resistance to insects and disease. It performs well in all areas of the U.S. where there is sufficient moisture. The feathery foliage turns an attractive cinnamon brown color in the fall.

Bur Oak

The bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) has a broad crown and makes large acorns that are enjoyed by wildlife. It is a tough tree that withstands high wind and drought. It grows slowly up to 80 feet, but has no disease or insect problems. Adaptable to most areas of the U.S. except extreme desert areas.

White Oak

The white oak (Quercus alba) is a slow-growing oak tree that has excellent disease resistance. It is difficult to transplant but is disease- and insect-resistant once established. It grows up to 80 feet in most parts of the U.S. where there is sufficient moisture.

Scarlet Oak

The scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) is widely adapted to most parts of the U.S. It prefers well-drained soil and grows to 80 feet. The scarlet oak has spectacular fall color and is a medium-fast grower. Also, the scarlet oak is a strong tree with few disease or pest problems.


The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a widely adaptable tree that grows medium-fast and is adaptable wherever there is sufficient moisture. It is also known as the "maidenhair tree" and grows to 100 feet in the wild. The ginkgo tree is tolerant of poor soil and pollution and has few insect and disease problems. Although it will grow in a wide variety of soils, the ginko biloba tree prefers soil that has an acidic Ph level. The leaves of the ginkgo tree turn bright yellow in the fall.


About the Author


Jay Golberg is a certified Texas nursery professional and professional project manager. He has 30 years of business and farming experience and holds bachelor's degrees in English writing from St. Edward's University and finance from Lamar University.