There are a lot of considerations when choosing the best shade tree for your property. Some trees have a dense canopy capable of blocking the hot afternoon sun. The size, shape and colour and whether or not the tree produces flowers and fragrance will also determine which tree is the best choice for your yard. Many shade trees grow large so be sure to select a variety that will remain suitable for your planting location as it grows.
At Maidstone Tree Farm, we carry “the usual to the unusual." Our picks for the best unusual shade trees include:
Other Featured Trees
These trees are a great choice for a residential landscape. They are considered clean trees. Ornamental Pears are covered in white flowers in the spring, glossy green leaves in the summer and display a gorgeous reddish-purple fall colour.
Varieties of Ornamental Pear
The greatest attribute of the redbud tree is the showy spring colour and fragrance. The entire tree is covered in rose pink buds in early spring making a spectacular display. It is a nice small tree that will be a great addition to any landscape.
Varieties of Redbud
These spreading deciduous trees have fine feathery foliage which gives them a somewhat tropical look, especially great near a swimming pool. They are considered to have a fast growth rate, typically growing 1 to 2 feet per year. They are tough, vigorous trees which perform well in extreme cold, heat and humidity, and they are also salt tolerant. If you don’t like raking leaves in the fall, this is your tree because the leaves are so small they just shrivel up in late autumn.
Varieties of Locust
Maple trees are strong medium to large trees which form a dense canopy and excellent shade for the landscape. All varieties have keys or seed pods which resemble a wing nut (like from a hardware store). Maples are considered vigorous because they are drought tolerant and can adapt to many different types of soil. They are widely planted all over North America because they are considered a quality fast growing tree.
Varieties of Maples