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

April 29, 2016 | By

Arbor Day is just two days away. This is the time of the year meant to remind Americans everywhere to improve their homes and their neighborhoods by planting a tree.

Newspaper editor J. Sterling Morton started the holiday in Nebraska in 1872, and ever since then Americans have been planting trees to beautify their surroundings and bolster the environment.

For those homeowners who are looking to do their part this Arbor Day, The Home Story has compiled a list of five trees that would be easy on their budgets and their homes.

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-size 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, DC, 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 more than 3 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.

  • patfo49

    I just had the Prairifire Flowering Crabapple planted! I can’t wait till it reaches it’s full potenticial!



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