5 Trees That Will Make Every Day Arbor Day At Your Home

April 24, 2015 | By

Ever since newspaper editor (and eventual U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) J. Sterling Morton started the first Arbor Day in Nebraska City, Nebraska, in 1872, people across the country have spent one day out of the year to lay down roots, literally, by planting their own trees.

Adding trees to your home, neighborhood, and even a city helps beautify your surroundings and bolster the environment. Trees can also “increase property values” and serve as “a source of joy and special renewal,” as spelled out in the official proclamation of Arbor Day.

Are you wondering which trees would look good in your yard? Given that summer is fast approaching, water remains scarce in many Western and Southwestern states, and allergy sufferers are already feeling the pain, we have compiled a list of five trees that would be easy on your budget, your water bill, and your eyes.

 

Bur Oak (Quercus Macrocarpa)

JustinMeissenBur Oak

Quercus Macrocarpa. (Justin Meissen)

Bur Oak trees can live long, grow tall (upwards of 80 feet), offer tons of shade, and produce enough acorns to keep the wildlife happy. The Bur Oak — along with the Morton Oak — is also a dominant tree inside the Arbor Day Farm, the “Home of Arbor Day.”

 

Green Ash (Fraxinus Pennsylvanica)

Green Ash Tree

Fraxinus Pennsylvanica. (Matt Lavin)

This medium-sized, deciduous tree is commonly planted to provide windbreaks, offer shade, and adorn any street or yard. It also boasts a high drought tolerance. 

 

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus x prairifire)

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple

Malus x prairifire. (Rochelle Hartman)

This tree is a sight to behold. It grows beautiful red and dark pink flowers, which can change to darker and more sumptuous green colors come autumn. It is also disease-resistant and adaptable to a variety of conditions.

 

Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree (Prunus x yedoensis)

Japanese Flowering Cherry Tree.

Prunus x yedoensis. (lensonjapan)

 

Let’s face it: a tree is not exactly an allergy-sufferer’s best friend. Many trees give off pollen, which often has a powdery texture, just as spring is starting (especially on windy days). Cherry trees are among those that are not as likely to cause allergies, according to WebMD. When they look as good as the Japanese Flowering Cherry tree, a star at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., it’s the veritable cherry on the sundae for those tree lovers who also suffer from allergies.

 

Weeping Willow (Salix Babylonica)

Weeping Willow

Salix Babylonica. (Carl Lewis)

If yellow is your color, the Weeping Willow has the right foliage for you. This upright tree is known for its distinct yellow leaves in the autumn season. It’s a fast grower, too (it can grow over three feet each year). It also does well in wet conditions and is easy to grow.

If you don’t have the space around your home to grow your own tree, fret not: The Arbor Day Foundation has resources for anyone interested in celebrating Arbor Day — or who knows, maybe even plant a tree or two in your community.

 

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