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5 of the Best Trees for Your Fence Line

Do you have a fence in your yard that you want to beautify by adding some trees around? Or is a spot near the fence the only place in your yard that has space for new trees? You may be worried about planting trees next to a structure, as many trees should not be planted near fences due to their roots, being too dense or their branches growing too long. But the good news is that there are several trees you can go ahead and plant near fences. Here are five of the best trees for your fence line.

1. Crape Myrtle


Crape Myrtle Tree

Crape myrtle trees are quite popular ornamental trees. The flowers on these trees can be white, pink, red, or lavender. The colors are vibrant during the summer months, and the flowers on some varieties do last well into fall. Crape myrtle trees range in height, which means you can choose one that will fit perfectly in your yard (and one that will not outgrow your fence).

These trees can be as small as just 2 to 3 feet tall to much taller 25-foot trees. Another reason they are one of the best trees for your fence line is that even though their root systems can extend far, they are not aggressive. In fact, they are shallow and fibrous, meaning they won’t grow into foundations, make any cracks, or cause damage to your fence. Just make sure your fence line is in an area that receives full sunlight, as crape myrtles need this to be at their healthiest.

2. Magnolia Trees

Magnolia trees will also add color to your yard, as their flowers can be white, yellow, purple, pink, or red. Different varieties of this tree grow to different heights, making it a great choice for your yard—you can choose the variety based on the height you are looking for. They can range anywhere from 8 feet tall to 70 feet tall.

It’s important to note that magnolia trees come in both evergreen and deciduous varieties. If you are looking to plant a tree on your fence line with the goal of hiding the fence, you will want to opt for one of the evergreen varieties, as the deciduous varieties will lose their leaves during the colder months.

To thrive, magnolia trees should be planted in well-drained soil. Evergreen varieties of magnolia need to be planted in areas of full sun, but deciduous varieties need to be planted in a spot that gets some shade as well.

3. Red Maple

Per its name, red maple trees show some sort of red regardless of what season it is. During the winter months, the buds on the branches are red. In the springtime, the flowers are red, and in the summertime, the leafstalks are. Then in the fall, the foliage is a beautiful red color.
These trees are fast-growing and can reach heights of about 40 to 70 feet tall. However, due to their shallow roots, they are one of the best options to be planted along your fence line. Additionally, the roots are extremely adaptable, meaning that red maple trees can survive in many different soil types and can withstand different climates.

4. Texas Red Oak

You may be more familiar with the northern red oak, but the Texas red oak is the one you should be paying attention to if you are looking for the best trees for your fence line. These trees will also attract local wildlife, such as turkeys, squirrels, and deer, to your yard, as they grow acorns. Despite its name, Texas red oak trees are mostly dark green throughout the year, but during the fall, they do become a striking red.

Texas red oak trees will reach heights ranging from 50 to 80 feet at maturity and grow well in areas of full sun.

5. Japanese Maple

If your fence line is in an area that receives partial shade, Japanese maple trees may be the choice for you, as these trees grow best in areas of partial shade. Plus, they will enhance the aesthetic of your yard. They’re known for their bright leaves and elegant shape. There are hundreds of different varieties of this tree that range in colors of red, orange, purple, and shades of green. This means that you can truly customize the tree to match your yard.

Japanese maple trees have roots that are described as “self-stunts.” This means that once the tree is planted, the roots cannot expand. All outward and above-ground growth is stopped, making it a perfect choice for planting near a fence line. Most Japanese maples reach heights of 20 to 30 feet tall at maturity, making them good-sized trees for most yards.

A Note About Pruning

As you can see, if you are looking to find trees to plant along your fence line, there are quite a few great options. Choosing which tree to plant is the first step, but the next step is knowing how to maintain trees near a fence line, as it’s a bit different. For instance, if a tree near your fence becomes too big or overgrown, it can become a hazard to your property or a neighbor’s. That’s why pruning is important to help ensure the tree doesn’t become too large.

Choosing a professional arborist to come in and handle the regular maintenance of your tree can minimize the threat of any potential issues. Mr. Tree can help. We offer all tree services, including tree trimming, pruning, shaping, and so on. We can even help guide you as to which of the above-mentioned trees would truly be the best tree for your fence line.

Contact us today and we’ll set up a time to learn more about what you are looking for and even to come out to see your fence line. We can then provide you with a personalized plan, help you choose the best trees for your yard, and make sure that they are well taken care of.