Choose the right tree for your landscaping design

One feature of outstanding landscape design that draws the most compliments is a small shade tree that has been chosen to accent a home or outdoor space, but can only be done if the setting has been assessed to make sure the right tree is selected.

It’s important not only to find the right size and shape, but also to pick a tree whose growing requirements match the existing landscape features. At Pyramid Contracting, our landscape design specialists can help you select the right trees for your property, or steer you in the direction of horticultural specialists in the Greater Toronto Area with expertise in different kinds of trees and their growing requirements.

While small trees can provide shade to a particular area of your yard, they also can serve as a buffer between spaces occupied by a flower bed, rock garden, or River Rock pathway, or any other featured prominently as part of your landscape design.

Here are the top 5 small shade trees we’ve worked with over the years, and why they may fit your needs:

  1. American Hornbeam, also known as an Ironwood tree. An aesthetically pleasing tree in many environments, the Ironwood eventually attains a height and spread of between 20 and 30 feet. It will grow in total shade as well as full sun; it also has smooth, gray, and fluted muscle-like bark.
  2. The Armur Maple is a small decorative shade tree that grows very slowly and never attains a height of more than 20 feet. Resistant to pests, disease, and environmental toxins, it is well known for its ability to grow in different types of soil with little or no maintenance. The Armur Maple’s defining characteristic is its brilliant red foliage in the fall as its leaves begin to turn for the season.
  3. With a maximum height of 20 feet at maturity, the Golden Rain tree is a small ornamental shade tree that is more discerning when it comes to soil conditions but nonetheless grows well on a wide range of soils, especially with regular fertilization. Because it’s delicate, we don’t recommend this tree as part of your landscape design if your property is exposed to high winds or other extreme weather. This type of tree is popular with many customers because it’s pest and disease resistant, is easy to transplant, and grows superbly in urban areas.
  4. With its rounded silhouette, multiple trunks growing close to the ground, and large six inch leaves that barely change colour in the fall, the Japanese Magnolia normally reaches a height of 25 feet or less in an open, bright landscape site but can reach 75 feet tall in a forest setting.
  5. Finally, another solid contender for a shade tree is the Black Gum Tree, which grows slowly and reaches a maximum height of 30 feet. It fends off attacks from pests and diseases, and grows admirably in different kinds of soil. This tree is sensitive to city-borne toxins and transplantation, so it’s critical to pick a sheltered area as its permanent home.

Pyramid contracting is proud to be one of the leading landscaping design companies in the Halton region and we have many years of experience with softscape and hardscape features.

Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you with your backyard and landscaping project