Shade trees are generally defined simply as being specimens grown specifically to shield a yard from the sun’s rays, thus providing welcome cool in summer. Shade trees with spreading canopies will be most successful in blocking out the sunshine across wide areas.
Zone 6 and Zone 7 Trees
- Thuja Green Giant: Thick, compact privacy screen. Easy to grow. Grows 3-5 feet per year once established.
- Royal Empress Tree: Grows up to 12 feet a year. Dense foliage and fragrant blooms.
- Nellie Stevens Holly: Year round privacy. Fast growing Holly.
- Tulip Poplar: Gold foliage. Full yellow blooms. Grows up to 6 feet per year.
- Leyland Cypress: Grows 3-4 feet per year.
- Willow Hybrid: Fastest growing screen. Gros up to 6 feet per year.
- Summer Red Maple: Fall color in late summer. Very fast growing.
- Weeping Willow: Easy to grow. Grows in puddles. Fast growing.
- Autumn Blaze Maple: Long lasting orange, red and purple fall foliage.
- Lombardy Poplar: Easy to grow. Great for windbreaks and privacy.
- Hybrid Poplar: Quick source of shade. Frows up to 8 feet per year.
- American Holly: Fast growing holly. Grows anywhere in dry regions.
- Okame Cherry: Gorgeous pink blooms. Springs first flowers.
- Scarlet Red Maple: Fast growing maple. Bright red foliage. Easy to grow.
- Autumn Cherry: Blooms in spring and fall. Elegant white flowers.
- Autumn Purple Ash: Long lasting oragne, red and purple fall foliage.
- Kwanzan Cherry: Vibrant Pink blooms.
- Cleveland Pear: Drought tolerant. Flowering privacy tree.
- Cryptomeria: Soft feathery foliage. Grows in any soil.
Zone 7 Trees
- Arapaho Crap: Bright red color. Grows in tight spots.
- Cleveland Pear: Flowering privacy tree. New pear tree hybrid.
- Drought Resistant Evergreen: Perfect for arid regions. Grows 3 feet per year.
- Muskogee Crape: Lavernder blooms. Flowers for 120 days.
- Natchez Crape: Fast growing. Soft white blooms.
- Tuscarora Crape: Light red or pink blooms. Easy to grow.
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