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Tame Your Landscape with Valuable Shade Trees

Shade trees are usually the first plant chosen for the front and back yards of new homes. Shade trees also grow into living memorials for the person who planted and nurtured them.

Fast growing shade trees give a ‘welcome home’ feeling to urban neighborhoods. The stature, strength, and their potential for long life provide a sense of permanence.

Shade trees are the largest elements in the landscape. Shade tree selection for bold fall color can and will provide pleasure for the eye in the autumn season for years to come.

Shade trees are the most sought-after trees in the United States. With large canopies, they grow tall enough to cast a shadow to reduce your cooling bills in summertime!

Both evergreen trees and deciduous trees are used for shade. You'll find plenty to look at at our online store.

Benefits of Shade Trees

  • Anchor your landscape design
  • Beautify the landscape
  • Convert carbon dioxide to oxygen
  • Cool your family and friends on long, hot summer days
  • Increase property values
  • Provide habitat for birds and small mammals
  • Reduce heating and cooling costs of houses and buildings
  • Reduce the heat reflected from paved or asphalted areas

Choose NatureHills.com for a vast selection and high quality plant material. After all, we've been in the tree business since 2001!

Our expert growers do a terrific job packing the trees. We will only ship when the time is right for planting in your area.

If we are shipping Shade trees to you, it's a fine time to plant them in your area! Go ahead and place your order to buy Shade trees from NatureHills.com today.

Track your sturdy package right to your doorstep. There is nothing easier, or more satisfying than buying Shade trees from NatureHills.com!

Choosing The Right Shade Tree for Your Landscape

Make a great choice for a successful shade tree! Match the proper shade tree for the growing conditions at your individual site.

For best results, consider the following growing conditions:

  • Space available
  • Existing plants and trees
  • Available sunlight
  • Soil drainage, or how quickly water soaks into the ground after rain
  • Soil type and pH (acidic or alkaline soil)
  • Above and below ground utilities

Choose a shade tree that will perform well in the local climate for both heat and cold. Filter your search by your USDA Growing Zone, and mature height and spread.

We recommend that you select a "right-sized" shade tree. Take the size of your home and lot into account to keep things in balance.

Very large shade trees compliment large homes; but may overwhelm smaller houses. In tight spaces, be sure to look at our Columnar trees that have a narrow profile.

Biodiversity Protects Your Investments

Biodiversity isn't just a catchphrase. Unfortunately, America learned a hard lesson from Dutch Elm disease.

Use the same philosophy touted by city planners and commercial property owners. Include a diverse mix of Shade trees to ensure the overall health of your plantings.

Native Shade trees like the magnificent Tulip tree and Weeping Willow can be used as the feature trees on large properties. Layer in Redbud flowering trees that live in the partial shade of the understory.

Where to Plant Shade Trees

Place Shade trees on the south or southwest of your property to cast their shade on your home. You'll love the energy savings!

Shade trees can grow from 80 feet to 50 feet tall. But even smaller trees like Flowering Crabapples can shade your patio!

The right tree in the right place will prevent root issues that affect sidewalks, driveways, foundations, and septic systems. Read the #ProPlantTips blog on tree roots, water pipes and pavement >>

How to Plant Shade Trees

Plan for the arrival of your new Shade tree. If you order a large ball and burlap tree, we'll schedule your delivery in advance.

For our mail order trees, open the box right away and get your tree soaking in water. Dig your planting hole at least twice as wide as the root system, but no deeper.

One of the most common customer service questions is planting trees too deeply. Please keep them at the same level they were growing in at our nursery.

Use Nature Hills Root Booster for symbiotic support of the tiny feeder roots. It never "wears out", but works for the entire life of your beautiful new Shade tree.

Tamp the backfill soil around your new tree. Make sure the trunk is straight!

Water your new tree very well to remove air pockets at the root zone. Follow directions on the Plant Highlights for each tree you buy from NatureHills.com.

Most Popular Fast-Growing Shade Trees from NaureHills.com

Growth rates of three feet per year are classified as fast-growing. Well, the world's fastest growing shade tree is the Paulownia with up to 15 feet a year!

Buy either the purple-flowering Royal Empress tree; or a white-flowering version from NatureHills.com.

You'll be astonished how quickly this hardwood tree grows! Willow Hybrid is another speedy solution for shade...be sure to check them out if you are sweltering.

More of our most popular shade trees offer fall color, ease and convenience. Others are durable, long-lived selections you'll be proud to grow!

Ash Trees

For a durable selection in high heat...try our alkaline-tolerant line of native Ash trees. They are some of the best shade trees for high pH soil and arid weather.

Native selections like Fan Tex Ash make marvelous shade trees with leaves turning a bright yellow fall color. The leaves drop all at once for convenient cleanup!

Honeylocust Trees

Plant Honeylocust trees for light, refreshing shade that allows a lush lawn to thrive underneath. Perhaps the perfect lawn tree, these "green grass" shade trees features small leaves and widely-spaced branches.

You'll appreciate how easy fall cleanup is with cultivars like Shademaster Honeylocust. One strong windy day, and the petite leaves all but disappear!

Linden Trees

Create an impression with sophisticated Linden trees. You'll be charmed by their fragrant flowers and neat, tidy form.

Linden trees are also known as Basswood, as in the premium honey you find at Farmers Markets. These delightful landscape assets support local butterflies and honeybees.

Maple Trees

Maple trees are traditional beauties that make exceptional shade trees. Plant several varieties for a park-like backyard!

There is nothing like an Autumn Blaze Maple with green leaves that turn brilliant red in fall. It truly shines in moist, well-drained soil.

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Oak Trees

Yes, there are fast-growing Oak trees. Once their roots are established in your soil, you'll be pleased how quickly Oak grows, especially as a young tree.

Northern Red Oak trees develop into a dignified landmark. Mark your territory with their long-lived charm!

Sweetgums

If you love vibrant fall color, you'll want to study our Sweetgum (Liquidambar) trees. Their attractive, star-shaped foliage looks great all season-long.

Liquidambar trees make a statement with a wild mix of harvest hues. You might see purple, red, gold and blaze orange on a single tree once the temperatures start to dip.

Zelkova and Elm Trees

Elm trees are a feel-good comeback story of the century! New disease-resistant cultivars have been brought to market after years of careful research at top University programs.

NatureHills.com wants to share these magnificent, vase-shaped beauties with you and your family. There is perhaps no tree more stately than the American Elm, Zelkovas and rugged natural hybrids.

Complete the look with our outdoor entertainment essentials. Enjoy your sweet, shady paradise with help from NatureHills.com!