Add trees to your landscape!
Imagine laying in a hammock, swaying in the breeze, shaded from the hot summer sun under your favorite tree … priceless. There might not be a price tag for every variable in this situation, but for that tree–an oak, ash, pear or cherry–there certainly is value. Whether the value is aesthetic, psychological, historical or environmental, one thing is for certain: there is a corresponding value attached to that tree. Adding trees will increase the overall value of a property by exponentially more than the initial cost of the tree. Let the professionals at Bucks Country Gardens take care of the installation so you can stay in your hammock and watch them grow, in size and value.
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Here are Bucks Country Gardens’ most common trees.
Maple trees vary in size. While some resemble small shrubs, the largest varieties can grow as tall as 145 feet. Paperbark maples have a round shape, growing to be 20 to 30 feet tall. This tree will grow fairly quickly when it is young and can tolerate a wide range of soils and climates. Red maples sprout small red flowers in the spring that turn to green leaves in the summer and deep red foliage in the fall. Growing to 40 to 50 feet tall, this tree thrives has moderately weak wood that is prone to storm damage. Silver maples are taller and have a more narrow spread, growing to be 50 to 70 feet tall. Excellent for shade, these trees do well in poor soils but have invasive roots and brittle wood. Consider potential damage to surrounding sewers or sidewalks before planting a silver maple. Sugar maples are quite tall, growing to a height of 50 to 60 feet. They are the source of maple syrup and sugar. Sugar maples exhibit bold, vibrant leaf colors in the fall.
There are many varieties of flowering Plum trees, but the most common is the the Thundercloud. Thundercloud trees are dense deciduous trees with rounded crowns that stand 15 to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. Thunderclouds produce pink to white flowers that bloom before the deep purple, elliptical leaves come out. Thundercloud leaves hold their purple color into the fall season. Nigra trees are a variety of flowering plum tree that produce single pink flowers, rather than the clusters of two to three common to most varieties. Nigra trees have deep purple foliage throughout the summer. Nigras stand 25 to 30 feet tall and spread 15 to 20 feet. Crimson Point trees are a columnar variety of flowering plum tree. Crimson Points stand 25 to 30 feet high and spread up to ten feet. Crimson points have deep purple foliage and bloom white flowers in early spring.
Dogwoods are prized by many homeowners for their spring blooms, long-lasting color and easy maintenance. Flowering dogwood is the most common type of dogwood tree. Flowering dominates the tree in spring before the leaves do, an stunning bursts of pink, white, red or variegated blooms. Flowering dogwoods tend to have a height and spread of 15 to 20 feet. Kousa dogwoods are not quite as common as flowering dogwoods, and not quite as showy, either. However, they have a beauty all their own, with a slender, horizontal branching habit, and small, long-lasting blooms that continue into early June. Their bracts, or petals are slender and pointed instead of blunt, and their yellowish-green color changes to a luminescent white that seems to glow after sunset.
A Bradford is one of the oldest flowering pear trees, and it is very popular. It is a grafted hybrid that reaches upto 40 feet tall. A magnificent display of white flowers covers the bare branches in early spring. Next follows dark green foliage, which turns yellow in late fall. An Aristocrat pear is a medium-sized tree that will reach heights of 40 feet as well. It grows in a pyramid shape naturally, and no pruning is needed. It displays white, delicate flowers in spring and then sprouts wavy, dark green leaves that turn to a dark red or purple in fall.
Okame cherry trees display gorgeous pink blossoms every spring and another show of color every fall when leaves turn shades of orange, red and yellow. Mature trees can reach a height of 20 to 30 feet and are equally as wide. The weeping cherry has weeping branches, laden with snowy white flowers. Mature trees will reach 15 to 20 feet in height and 15 to 25 feet in width. Finally, Kwanzan cherry trees are one of the hardiest varieties there are and the easiest to grow. These bear an abundance of showy, pink blooms in clusters with three to five flowers each. This variety is a double-pink producing twice the blooms of other varieties. Flowers are so thick with petals that they resemble carnations.
Red bud trees possess many distinctive features that aid identification and add to their visual appeal. Red bud trees begin their life in a vase-like shape, but gradually transition to a more rounded, slightly irregular and leaning plant with age. Trees have a graceful, multi-trunked form with zig-zag stems. Red bud trees reach a maximum height of 20 to 30 feet, with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. Trees bloom in the spring, just before heart-shaped foliage emerges. Leaves are reddish in color during the spring, dark green during the summer and orange or yellow during the fall.
All pines have evergreen needles that grow in small bunches containing two to six needles. These needles vary in length but only slightly in color. Some pines like the white pine have long, light-colored needles, while others such as the Scotch pine can have short, dark needles. As a general rule, all conifer trees grow some sort of needle-like leaf, but only in the pines are the needles united together at the point of attachment to the tree. As with just about all conifers, pines have cones that are differentiated into male and female structures. The female cones tend to be large and woody, while the male cones are long, soft appendages that often resemble a worm.
Weeping Norway spruce is relatively low maintenance tree. When staked upright, it has conical to pyramidal weeping branches that can accent a large rock feature or can be trained over a wall. Weeping blue spruce (Picea pungens pendula) is also a low-maintenance weeper. A Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca) grows in a soft mounding shape. More of a shrub than a tree, it is well behaved in smaller yards and landscapes and appreciated for its bright green color and soft needles. A dwarf Alberta spruce can reach 20 feet over many years, but it can be lightly trimmed to keep it smaller. Blue spruces can make a great specimen tree in a larger area with their stunning bluish green, almost silver coloring. Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) will grow past 20 feet tall with a spread of 10-20 feet and is suitable for an acreage. Smaller blue choices include the Blue Globe spruce (Glauca globosa), which is more of a shrub than a tree and reaches 4 feet tall, Montgomery spruce with its dense habit and height of 5 to 10 feet, or Baby Blue spruce (Pungens glauca) with its blue color that intensifies as it grows older. The strong outline of a columnar evergreen calls attention to a view or emphasizes a pathway. Naturally narrow, columnar trees have short branch spreads. Morris says a columnar Colorado blue spruce like Iseli fastigiate or Glauca fastigiate works well between a street and sidewalk or along a driveway or deck. These stately spruces can reach a height of 15 to 20 feet while remaining only 7 feet wide.
The arborvitae is a common screening hedge plant, also known as a white cedar. Because it is dense, it is useful for natural screens, hedges and non-thorny barriers. This plant is broadly pyramidal and is very tolerant to urban conditions such as pollution. The emerald green arborvitae is an evergreen tree that grows to 15 feet tall and has a width of 4 to 5 feet. Once established, the tree gains 6 to 9 inches of new growth annually. The tree’s leaves are small and scale-like. Foliage is bright green and soft and appears in vertical fan-like sprays.
River birches grow to a full height of between 30 to 40 feet, often producing multiple trunks. The leaves have a shiny green surface, and in the spring they produce a dangling spike of pale flowers. The river birch has peeling bark that reveals the gray-brown or reddish brown inner bark, giving the tree some winter interest. As the name implies, river birches are found near waterways, riverbanks, flood plains and pond shores. Their seeds are produced in the spring, and then they are carried downstream to new locations during the spring floods. They typically sprout in large numbers in areas with moist soil and full sun.