Sometimes you just want to be the different kid on the block. The one that stands out from the crowd. It’s no different when you become an adult. You want to have the home with the best curb appeal, instead of blending in with all the other homes in the area.
One of the best ways to spice up your home’s curb appeal is by adding creative landscaping. Think offbeat, weird trees that you don’t normally see in the average neighborhood. Don’t worry … we promise these unique trees will enhance your front yard and not detract from it. In fact, these trees are the perfect way to make a statement that will set your home apart.
Here’s a list cultivated by the team at Mr. Tree of our favorite weird trees to spice up your home’s curb appeal.
1. Rainbow Eucalyptus
If you really want to brighten up your front yard and make it stand out, there’s probably nothing better than the rainbow eucalyptus. Rainbows are very real, but this tree is more like something you would read about in a fairytale.
The bark of the rainbow eucalyptus tree resembles a canvas that a painter has splashed in rainbow colors. It’s certainly one of the more unique-looking trees you’ll ever come across, and it will add a pop of color to your front yard.
The tree sheds layers of its bark at different points in time, causing vibrant streaks of color to form. These trees typically grow well in full sun and moist soil. They’re native to tropical climates but can also be found in Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and parts of Southern California.
We promise you that if you plant one of these eye-catching trees in your front yard, you’ll be the talk of the entire neighborhood. In a good way, of course.
2. Dragon’s Blood
Even the name of this tree is weird. The dragon’s blood tree is a shade tree with an unusual mushroom-like top. While the name may conjure up the image of a dragon breathing fire, this tree will actually help you keep your cool in the shade of its large crown.
The dragon’s blood tree produces berries as well as red sap, which gives the tree its name. The red sap has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and as a dye for violins and cosmetics. The twists and turns of the tree’s branches also resemble veins, making the “dragon’s blood” name an apt moniker.
If you want to plant a tree that will spice up your home’s curb appeal, add a unique element to your front yard, and provide shade on warm, sunny days, the dragon’s blood tree may be just the weird tree for you.
Another fruit-producing tree that is incredibly unique is the jaboticaba tree. This tree is native to Brazil, and like the rainbow eucalyptus tree, the bark of the tree is really what makes it unique. The jaboticaba tree bears fruit that grows directly from the tree’s trunk.
Like the berries grown on the dragon’s blood tree, the jaboticaba fruit has also been used for medicinal purposes, such as for its anti-inflammatory benefits. The fruit resembles a large grape and has a sweet taste. It can be eaten raw, made into a jam, or consumed as juice. It’s also loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients.
The jaboticaba tree is also a flowering tree that produces beautiful white flowers. If you’re looking for a unique ornamental tree that will enhance your home’s curb appeal while also producing a great-tasting fruit to add to desserts and homemade jams, the jaboticaba tree is definitely something to consider.
4. Thunderhead Pine
The thunderhead pine is an evergreen shrub with a unique growth pattern. It can be shaped and sculpted or left in its natural dense form to spice up your home’s curb appeal. This is a great option for anyone who wants to add a year-round focal point to their front yard.
The thunderhead pine is made up of long, dark green needles and also has silver-white candles that are most distinctive in the springtime. It grows best in full sun and average, well-drained soil. The tree is an excellent selection for homeowners with an Asian or cottage garden who want to enhance their landscaping.
5. Smoke Tree
The smoke tree is a unique flowering tree that you won’t find in just any homeowner’s front yard. When in full bloom, the tree produces pinkish feathery flowers that resemble a puff of smoke. The leaves of the smoke tree are just as attractive, turning from a blue-green color to a yellow-red-purple in the fall. They also have a fragrant orange smell when crushed.
The smoke tree is adaptable to many types of soil, but it’s incredibly important to keep it well-pruned. Otherwise, it will start to droop. When well-maintained, the smoke tree can add visual interest and spice up the curb appeal of most any front yard.
These are a few of our favorite weird trees. But before you plant any of these weird trees, or any others, be sure to contact your local certified arborist. A professional arborist can make recommendations based on the tree hardiness zone in which you live and also let you know what trees to avoid.
It’s also incredibly important to keep your tree well-maintained. Whether you need tree trimming, pruning, or sculpting services, we can help you keep your landscaping looking its very best.
You can’t underestimate the value of an attractive, healthy tree. Quality landscaping can enhance both the aesthetic and monetary value of your home. If you have any questions about what weird trees you could plant in the Pacific Northwest, give us a call. We’ll help you dig in and unearth the weird trees you’re most likely to love.