Arbor day is here! The last Friday in April is the day we celebrate trees and all the wonderful things they do for us. You may be thinking “What have trees ever done for me? All they’ve ever done is litter my yard with leaves and require tons of extra work.” Well, we’re here to tell you, trees are pretty much the best thing ever. For one thing, landscaping with trees can increase property values by as much as 20 percent! * Also, according to the USDA Forest Service, trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20 to 50 percent on heating costs. So, if you like money, then you should definitely like trees. Not enough incentive for you? This friendly foliage also helps keep us alive by providing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, effectively creating a cooling effect that benefits the environment and all of us individually. That means trees are just as important as you are. This holiday promotes the planting and care of trees, so we have included four beautiful trees you can plant this weekend to improve our environment and your life. They are perfect for Utah’s arid climate and your yard. So break out those shovels and let’s get planting!
1. Gingko Tree
Ginkgo trees are deciduous, hardy shade trees with unique fan-shaped leaves. In the fall, leaves turn a beautiful bright yellow and remain intact until the first freeze. These trees live a very long time and are resistant to drought and pests. They may grow up to 80 feet, but they are slow growers and ultimately work well in yards and gardens. When planting, make sure your hole is deep with well-drained soil in full to partial sun. Then, just sit back and watch this beauty grow!
2. Golden Raintree
Golden Raintrees are deciduous trees known for their neat canopy and well-behaved root system. Its blue-green foliage and fragrant panicles are accompanied by attractive, lantern-like seed pods in the summer. The tree is easily grown in dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. It adapts to a wide range of soils and tolerates drought and many city air pollutants. Plant one today to add a little sunlight to your sanctuary!
3. Colorado Blue Spruce
The beautiful evergreen blue spruce requires very little maintenance and care while looking great all year round. Dwarf species are ideal for home landscapes since they do not grow as tall as normal varieties. The tree produces 2- to 4-inch brown cones that fall to the ground in autumn. They are distinguished from other spruce trees by the bluish color of the needles, which can be quite striking on a sunny day. The Colorado blue spruce grows best in a sunny location with moist, well-drained, and fertile soil. No need to be blue, this tree is commonly found at local garden centers. So get planting!
4. Flowering Cherry
There is no better way to welcome spring than with flowering cherry trees! Whether planted in rows to create never-ending clouds of gorgeous blossoms, or in a solitary planting for a stunning front yard showpiece, flowering cherries are beloved all over the country and a sure sign of the spring season. Adaptable to climate and soil conditions, this is one hardy tree. It reaches its mature height of 20 to 30 feet very quickly and provides beautiful color changes in the fall. The Japanese flowering cherry is very versatile—growing in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, and clay soils. When you have these trees, life is like a bowl of cherries… without the pits, that is. Head to your local nursey to pick one up today!
* Management Information Services/ICMA