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4 Attractive, Shade-Loving Trees For Your Yard

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Almost every yard has shady areas. Whether created by walls or an overhead structure, these areas are too cool and dark for many tree varieties. This means if you plant sun-loving trees in these areas they may not grow well or not bloom, depending on the type of tree. You don't have to leave these shaded areas bare and boring. There are a variety of trees that thrive in shade and also add color to your landscape.

1: Dogwood

All varieties of dogwood trees have attractive blossoms and leaves. Some even have interesting winter bark or colorful fruit and colorful fall leaves. Almost all varieties of dogwood tolerate partial shade, but for mostly shady areas with some sun, kousa dogwood is a good choice.

You can train kousa dogwoods to grow as a shrub or small tree. They have a dense growth habit and a delicate limb structure. These dogwoods bloom in late spring or early summer, which is later in the season than other dogwood varieties.

There are many choices in colorful kousa dogwood.

  • 'Autumn Rose' has light green leaves that change to pink or red in fall
  • 'Heart Throb' had large red to rose-colored flowers that bloom over a long period
  • 'Wolf Eyes' has had grey-green leaves edged in white that turn pinkish-red in fall

2: Dove Tree

Dove trees are native to China and grow in full sun to partial shade. Trees bear vivid, heart-shaped leaves with small clustered, flowers with red-anthers between creamy-white bracts. The blooms are said to resemble doves perched among the green leaves or handkerchiefs drying on the branches. 

Trees bloom in spring, and in fall leaves turn to a gold color before dropping. 

3: Eastern Redbud

Eastern redbuds are fast-growing trees that thrive in partial sun or shade. Trees have rich green leaves in spring and summer that turn yellow in fall. Redbuds need some winter chill to produce a profuse display of rosy-pink flowers. These trees make excellent specimen trees or understory trees.

4: Persian Parrotia

Persian parrotia trees are colorful in all seasons and grow in sun to partial shade. These slow-growing trees show off their best display of color in fall when foliage changes to golden yellow followed by orange or rosy-pink and then scarlet. Trees bloom in early spring before leafing out, bearing tiny flowers with red stamens and woolly brown bracts. Persian parrotia make excellent screens for your landscape.

If you're trying to decide how to deal with shady areas of your lawn, contact a local tree service or landscape service such as Smitty's Tree Service Inc. There are trees and other plants that can and will grow in these areas and provide interest for your landscape. You can discuss your options with the professionals.