Looking for a tree to provide some curb appeal? Get inspired with these choices. Fall is the best time to plant trees!
Called the lilac of the South, crape myrtle brings on the flower show with long bloom clusters that open in a rainbow of hues. The tree has a graceful, architectural branching that graces a front yard with strong lines. Varieties grow from 4 to 30+ feet tall. We second the recommended Crape Myrtles for our area from the LSU Ag Center. For a list, and further information, click here.
Why we love it: Peeling bark takes beauty over the top, creating a mottled looking trunk.
Deep evergreen leaves earn this tree a beauty award year-round. When berries appear, the tree is spectacular—and beckons birds by the dozens. The original species grows quite large, 40 to 50 feet tall and 18 to 40 feet wide. Many smaller varieties are available that fit better into landscapes and get rid of the spiny leaves. Come see us for the choices in variety, from Savannah to East Palatka Hollies.
Why we love it: It’s native, it grows slowly and it’s a great wildlife plant.
This tropical fruit makes a great front yard tree, providing plenty of interest from showy spring blooms, to yummy fruits, to striking gray-green leaves. Both flowers and fruits have a refreshing, fruity perfume. Fruit tastes like a pineapple-guava or pineapple-strawberry blend. Birds like the fruit, too.
Why we love it: Not only are the flowers pretty, they taste great, too, delivering a dose of sweetness. Add them as a garnish for your next outdoor party!
Summer Red Maple
This tree is fast-growing, pest-free, and beautiful in all seasons. Growing to a medium size, they are much more suited to city and suburban yards than the massive oaks. These trees are sturdy, and do not blow over or break during severe weather. They are tolerant of poor soils, pollution, and seasonal flooding or drought.
Why we love it: Red blooms (yes, red maples have showy flowers!) are followed by red fresh growth throughout spring and summer, and yellow to red fall color.
Definitely check out Japanese maples for a front yard tree if you have more shade than sun. You can find many varieties of this maple in assorted sizes and shapes. Some are upright; others weep. They can offer strong leaf color through the year or may simply bring striking fall color.
Why we love it: The fine leaf texture adds movement and beauty to the landscape. The branches boast strong architectural lines.