As a homeowner, you have likely dreamed of having a beautiful yard filled with trees. However, the upkeep of trees can be intimidating for anyone. Sometimes they require time and resources that we’re just unable to give them. This doesn’t always need to be the case, though. There are trees out there for your yard that are easier to take care of compared to others.
If you are looking to add trees to your Portland yard but are worried about all the care you would have to provide, worry no more. These five easy-maintenance trees are ones you should definitely consider planting. They will relieve any anxieties you may have had about upkeep and will add even more beauty and value to your home.
It’s important to note that all trees will require some form of care, especially in the early stages, and you can always call a professional like Mr. Tree for assistance. However, the trees that are the easiest to care for are the ones that do not need as much once they reach maturity.
Crepe myrtle trees are a popular choice because they look great during all four seasons. Most of these trees remain small, not growing more than 20 feet. If you prefer a smaller option, there are some varieties that only grow only 6 to 8 feet tall. They are a fast-growing tree that doesn’t need rich soil.
In the summer, these trees are rich with bright colors—pink, magenta, purple, or white. In the fall, the leaves turn gold, orange, red, or purple. By winter time, the beautiful bark becomes the focal point of the tree, as the bark of these trees peels in a puzzle pattern. This shows off smooth pale tones, as well as brown, tan, and cinnamon colors that look like they are glowing during winter, especially when you add in the Portland rain.
These trees are perfect for beginner gardeners, as they are extremely easy to plant and care for. As long as you plant them in an area with enough space for them to grow, you should be okay, since they do not require much drainage.
Colorado Blue Spruce
If you aren’t looking for something as diverse in color as the crepe myrtle, the Colorado blue spruce can work for you. These are needle-producing trees that tend to grow in a blue hue. These are very popular ornamental and landscaping trees. This is because of their pyramid-like shape and the already mentioned blue hue of the needles. It grows at a slow to moderate pace, only adding about 12 to 24 inches per year. At maturity, these trees reach heights between 30 and 60 feet.
Colorado blue spruce trees are known to withstand wind and rain better than most spruces. This is because of their widespread and moderately deep root system. Additionally, these trees can adapt to many different soil types; however, they do need to be planted somewhere with adequate drainage. The perks of these trees are that they tend to attract birds for nesting, and they can allow a layer of privacy to your yard. When multiple Colorado blue spruce trees are planted in a row, they easily block the view of neighboring properties or the street.
These trees can survive in almost all types of environments, even surviving cold climates well. The most important thing to ensure is that these trees are planted in an area where they have enough room to be able to spread.
The mild climate of Portland allows for many different kinds of fruit trees to be grown much more easily than you may think. Because of this, planting an apple tree can be a great choice for your yard. These trees are surprisingly easy to plant and maintain. Plus, they are moderately priced as well.
Apple trees are available in different sizes—miniature, dwarf, semi-dwarf, and standard rootstocks. These result in trees that can reach a short 6 feet tall to a moderately sized 35 feet tall.
The most important thing to remember if you opt to plant a fruit tree is that when it comes to maintaining them, remembering to spray them with an organic dormant spray is a must. However, this only needs to happen once or twice a year, and your tree should be protected. Additionally, the best types of apple trees for disease resistance are liberty, pristine, Williams pride, redfree, and Jonafree.
Flowering Dogwood Trees
The Pacific dogwood tree is a shrub that is native to western North America. They are small- to medium-sized trees that tend to grow anywhere from 12 to 67 feet high. They have a long life span and are easy to grow once properly planted.
When it comes to planting dogwood trees in Portland, the flowering dogwood is your best bet. These trees tend to grow about 25 feet high and produce pink, white, or red flowers. They need to be planted in soil that is well-draining, cool, and rich. Additionally, they should be planted in an area that is in part shade, such as somewhere that gets sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. These trees are very adaptable and can withstand a wide variety of soil conditions.
Pacific dogwood trees have high tolerance to flooding and low tolerance to frost. These trees will flower both in the spring and fall seasons. In fact, its beautiful fall colors tend to make it a fantastic ornamental tree.
Jane Magnolia Trees
There are many different types of magnolia trees; however, when it comes to your Portland yard, choosing a hybrid is the best option. The Jane magnolia tree is a hybrid that was developed to blossom in the later part of the spring season. Due to this, they avoid potential frost damage that trees that bloom earlier may have to deal with. Additionally, it is a hardy and adaptable tree.
When the flowers on these trees blossom, they become a wide range of colors, which can include yellow, pink, red, purple, and white. These trees are relatively small, as they only grow to about 15 feet high. They grow best in soil that is both moist and well-drained. Additionally, it should be planted in an area with full to partial sunlight.
Maintaining beautiful trees in your yard does not have to be an ordeal. All of the above are easy-maintenance trees that will work very well in your Portland yard. If you’d like to consult an arborist on maintenance or would like to hire a professional to help with pruning, shaping, and trimming your trees, Mr. Tree can help. We’re happy to chat with you in person or via phone. We’re also happy to stop by and take a look at your yard ourselves and let you know what our staff can do for your trees. Let’s make your yard even more beautiful!