Is your yard not too big yet not too small? Choosing the right tree for your yard is important, especially when it comes to shade trees. If your yard is medium-sized, you don’t want a shade tree that will take over your entire yard. Not only will you limit the sunny areas of your yard, but it can look messy and unkempt. Additionally, it will make it difficult for you to plant much of anything else. Whether it’s another tree or flowers, there just won’t be proper sunlight for them to grow.
The good news is that there’s a solution. There are medium-sized shade trees that you can plant that will work perfectly in your medium-sized yard. Here are five suggestions to get you started.
The hedge maple, also known as the ‘Postelence’ hedge maple tree, is a great medium-sized shade tree that’s also multi-use. The leaves turn a vibrant yellow in the fall. If you’re looking for a tree that will give you dense to very dense shade, this is a good choice. It’s perfect to plant next to decks or patios to give you and your family a bit more privacy.
These trees thrive in areas of full sun to partial shade. They should be planted in acidic to alkaline, well-drained soil in hardiness zones 5 through 8. Hedge maple trees grow to 30 to 35 feet tall with a width of 30 to 35 feet. They tend to grow at a rate of 12 to 24 inches per year.
If you’re looking for medium-sized shade trees that also produce edible fruit, look no further than the Surinam cherry. These trees provide both dense shade and medium-sized purple cherries. The cherries are produced in the summer or fall seasons. Similar to hedge maple trees, Surinam cherry trees can be planted together to provide privacy to your yard.
These trees grow best in areas with full sun to partial shade. They’re good in any kind of soil, as long as it’s moist and has a slightly acidic to highly alkaline pH. Surinam cherry trees grow in hardiness zones 9 and 10. They also reach up to 35 feet tall and grow about 24 inches per year.
The willow myrtle, which is also known as the peppermint tree, is an evergreen tree that is heat tolerant. It doesn’t give as dense of shade as the hedge maple or Surinam cherry, but it does provide a moderate amount of shade for your yard. During the summer months, it can add extra beauty to your yard with white flowers.
Moist, sandy soil is what these trees survive best in. However, it can tolerate any kind of soil from slightly acidic to highly alkaline, from wet to dry. These trees should be planted in an area that has full sun to partial shade and in hardiness zones 9 through 11. They reach a height of 25 to 35 feet and a width of 15 to 30 feet. Willow myrtle trees have strong branches and grow at a rate of two to three feet per year.
If you prefer to plant a shade tree that’s also an ornamental tree, the Chinese pistache is a great option for you. It has a rounded shape and in the fall boasts beautiful, eye-catching color from bright orange to crimson. Seeds produced by this tree also provide food for birds and small rodents. The flowers that bloom on the tree are enjoyed by insects.
These trees grow quickly in areas of full sun to partial shade. In terms of soil, the Chinese pistache thrives in a wide range of soil pH and can grow in clay, sand, loam, and well-drained areas. Additionally, this tree species is a great choice, as they grow well in drought conditions. At maturity, the Chinese pistache reaches a height of 25 to 35 feet and a width of 25 to 35 feet. They grow about 13 to 24 inches per year.
Another evergreen of the medium-sized shade trees is the California nutmeg. These trees provide a moderate amount of shade but also can be used for privacy. Another common use of these trees is to act as a barrier to potential animals, such as deer, or even trespassers, as they have sharp, prickly leaves. They typically grow in a cone shape.
California nutmeg trees should be planted in a spot that’s partially in shade. They grow best in soil that is moist to dry loam. The soil should have a highly acidic to slightly alkaline pH. California nutmegs grow well in a hardiness zone 7 through 10. These trees can reach a height of 35 feet tall and grow at a rate of 12 inches per year.
If you’re looking for medium-sized shade trees for your medium-sized yard, look no further. Any of the above species is a great choice for you to plant; it simply depends on your preference. Do you want to plant shade trees to act as a privacy screen? Do you prefer a shade tree that also produces fruit? Do you want something that will draw attention to your yard with its beauty? Once you have the answers to those questions, making the decision as to which medium-sized shade tree you should plant should be easy.
We do recommend consulting a professional arborist during this process, such as us here at Mr. Tree. Not only can we help guide you in the direction of which medium-sized shade trees may be best for you, your family, and your yard, but we can help you with the planting and the general tree service that your new tree will need. Be sure to give us a call today and we’ll be happy to talk more with you.