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5 of the Best Trees for Around Pools or Water Features

Do you have a pool in your yard? Lucky you! A pool not only adds more fun to a backyard, but it adds more beauty as well. There are many ways that you can accentuate this beauty. Planting trees around the pool, or any water feature in your yard, can really take your yard to the next level. Plus, if you want some shaded areas around your pool as well, planting trees is a great way to help block some of the sun’s rays on those really hot summer days.Best Trees for Pools and Water Features

But not every tree thrives in an area next to a pool or water feature. Before you choose a tree to plant around your pool, it’s important to learn which trees work best. For instance, you don’t want a tree that makes a big mess, so choosing a tree that is not that messy is a good idea. Here are five of the best trees for around pools or water features found in your yard.

Palm Tree

If you’re looking to give your yard that true tropical oasis feel, planting a palm tree is the way to go. In addition to looking the part, palm trees also have roots that make them suitable to be planted around pools or water features. This is because their roots grow straight down and don’t spread much. Additionally, when they’re planted in a group, they can work as privacy screens. If you are choosing to plant trees not only for beauty but to create a private space around your pool, planting multiple palm trees together would work well.

Palm trees should be planted where they can receive full sun and in soil that is well-drained. While they’re young, they should be watered several times a week. However, once it has matured, they will only need to be watered about twice a month.

Japanese Maple

Japanese maple trees are a great choice to plant around your pool or water features if you don’t have much space to work with. These trees are on the smaller side, as they tend to not reach heights taller than 20 feet. In addition to this, they are slow growers, so it will take them a while to even reach their full height. If you’re looking to add more color to your yard, this is the tree for you, as they do change colors during the fall. These colors include light green, dark green, and burgundy foliage.

In the hot summer months, Japanese maple trees will require plenty of water as well as proper caring. They should be planted in areas of full sun to part shade and in soil that is moist and well-drained.

Hinoki Cypress

If you’re looking for even more privacy than what would be offered by palm trees, the hinoki cypress tree is a definite option. This is an evergreen conifer that can grow as tall as 75 feet. If you don’t desire to have trees that tall, there are dwarf varieties available as well. They serve well as the foundation for poolside rock gardens.

To be at their healthiest, hinoki cypress trees should be planted in full sun to part shade and in soil that’s fertile but also slightly acidic. Choosing an acid fertilizer can help provide this.

Crape Myrtle

The diversity of the crape myrtle tree helps makes it one of the most common trees. You can choose between a dwarf variety that grows a mere 2 to 3 feet, or a taller tree that can reach up to 25 feet. Additionally, the colors of the flowers on these trees vary as well, meaning you can create the aesthetic you want your yard to have by choosing to plant this tree. From hues of lavender to deep-red, light- and hot-pinks, shades of white, or watermelon-red, there is a color to fit the look of every yard.

Crape myrtle trees love the sun and should get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. They are also adaptable trees and can thrive in most types of soil as long as it’s well-drained.

Fruitless Olive

Is your goal to have a Mediterranean feel to your yard? Look no further than the fruitless olive tree. These trees grow slowly and will reach a height of 25 to 30 feet tall. The perk of being fruitless is that it makes it one of the best trees for around pools and water features, as they won’t leave a mess or attract unwanted animals that may interrupt your pool time.

Despite being fruitless, these trees should still be planted in deep, rich soil, just like regular olive trees. The soil should also be well-drained and of medium moisture. The area should have full sun so these trees can grow at their healthiest. In their first year, they should be given plenty of water. However, after that, they will have a good drought tolerance.

Choosing trees to complement the landscape of your yard is an exciting time, especially when you have a pool to work with. By adding trees, you can make your yard into your own little escape and feel like you’re on vacation even while still at your own home. As we have stressed, though, not all trees will work well around pools or water features. It’s important to choose a tree that will thrive in this area. The above are five of the best trees for around pools or water features, or at the very least, a very good place for you to start your research.

If you’re wondering which of these trees will work well in your yard, give Mr. Tree a call, and we will be happy to talk more with you and advise you on which trees we believe you should choose for your yard. Get ready to bring even more beauty to your home.