(Closed) Trees for the front yard?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 4
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

My favorite trees for the front of a house are Japanese  red maples. They are so striking against a house, and the branches also have color, so in the stark weather still look great. I don’t know much abut apple trees, but I would think the droppings would be messy and attract plenty of bees. For that reason alone I wouldn’t want it in the front. Do you have a lawn as well out there? Fallen apples will also make double work if you have to rake them up or pick them up before mowing. I’d leave it where it is.

Post # 5
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh wow! It gets huge!

How big of a front yard do you have?

Post # 6
288 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We have a dwarf queen ann japanese maple, (i think thats the name) We bought it at lowes for about $175, it was huge when we got it and basically neglected it after we moved, and now 3 years later we have decided to use it near our house, it is beautiful in the fall. You may opt to go with a  different japanese maple that is taller mine is probably only 4 1/2 feet tall, but about 4 feet wide, it looks good near the house, but my not look very good out in the open.

Also i have a huge magnolia tree, but keep in mind they are messy, pretty much year round.

Good luck in your search!

Post # 9
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve seen double flowering lilacs look striking in some yards — however, they start as shrubby little bushes and take 15-30 years to become full blown ‘trees’ & require a lot of seasonal pruning. Also, if you don’t like pink, white or purple, then probably not for you.

My partner wants to line our front yard with double flowering plum trees (native; zone 3-8) we have one that we bought last year and it flowered in this incredibly brilliant almost fushcia pink. The bark is similar pin cherry’s reddish bark, and the leaves colour up nicely in the fall. I’m just not sold on the bright pink flowers, even though they are nice.

Some houses here have created living fences out of cedars, which while incredibly private, can block light. On the plus, they can add a bit of wind & noise reduction.

You can always go with flowering crab or apple trees; Thunderchild (red-purple leaves, pink flowers and purple berries, red bark) are popular or if you want to have fruit you could go with something like a Nordstrom (white-light pink flowers, green-yellow apples, grey bark).

You just want to make sure you avoid plants that are ant pollinated (like peonies & some apple trees) as they can attract pests into your home. Also, avoid foul smelling flowering species (there is one tree with white flowers that smells something fierce but is popular in new subdivisions because they are fast growing).

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