August heat can still be grueling even though the summer season is coming to an end. Don’t wait until you and your clients are in the swing of fall cleanups to ask about adding trees to their landscapes. Now is the time to bring some shade to their backyard retreat that will benefit them now and for next season, too.
With tulip-shaped flowers in the spring and bright yellow leaves in the fall, this tree is a fast-growing shade tree that is subject to very few pest problems, according to BobVila.com. Learn more about tulip trees from the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder.
This tree is considered both a shade tree and ornamental that can grow up to 75 feet tall. Helping to convince the client who is hesitant to plant now instead of next season, the sugar maple will also bring vibrant color to their backyard in the fall.
A tree that can also grow up to 75 feet tall, the red oak may be another option to persuade hesitant clients with, since it has brilliant leaf colors in autumn as well. Learn more about red oak trees from the Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder.
With a high tolerance to drought and air pollution, this tree can be a good option for some urban locations. The vase-shaped form combined with the preference for full sun makes for a good shade tree.
The Baldcypress has a native habitat of southern swamps due to its ability to out-last other trees in those conditions. Although when planted in the right soil, it can be grown in colder or drier climates.
Although a slow grower, the American beech has a wide-spreading canopy, which provides a lot of shade. Because of its versatility, the tree is used in parks, golf courses and the forestry industry.
Fast-growing with the easy-to-spot white bark, the paper birch brings shade to your client’s landscape along with year-round color.
Although naturally growing along river banks, the river birch can be planted almost anywhere. The rapid growth will provide quick shade for your client’s yard and the resistance to birch borers will be a bonus.
Be aware: Silver maple (Acer saccharinum)
Although fast growing, the aggressive root system can up-heave driveways and cause challenges for mowers. With an additional 2 to 3 feet in growth every year, some clients may have the available space for what could be their perfect shade tree.