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Best Trees for Massachusetts Climate

While winter is around the corner, it is never too early to start planning for next spring. When spring rolls around it is time for some tree service in Merrimac Valley and we will be ready to go for all of your needs coming out of whatever this winter will bring. One thing that you should start thinking about is if you want to plant a tree in your yard next year, especially if you found a spot this year that you think will benefit from some extra shade.

When you look for a tree to grow in your yard they usually come with a list of zones that they will grow well in. These zones range from zone 3-9 in the United States. The map can change because the zones are typically stated based on weather patterns and the average low of the temperatures in the area. Take a look at the map from the Arbor Day foundation for a better idea. Typically, Massachusetts can grow trees good for zones 6/7 or so as this can vary.

Kousa Dogwood

One of the many species of dogwood trees that are available, the Kousa Dogwood is also know as the Japanese Dogwood (cornus kousa). This tree will provide you yard with year round beauty due to its unique late-blooming flowers. The purple and scarlet fall leaves will allow you to have beauty in the later months, then the white flowers will allow some fragrant lovely ambiance. Being naturally deer resistant, they are a hardy tree.

Zone: 5-8

Height: 15-25’

Spread: 25’

Northern Red Oak

A taller tree, the Northern Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) will provide you with plenty of shade this summer. Having a beautiful red color in the fall, this fast growing tree will last years in your year. Giving the right amount of height and spread this tree is a good “street” tree as it handles compacted soil and pollution quite nicely.

Zones: 3-8

Height: 60-75’

Spread: 45’

Eastern Redbud

The Eastern Redbud (cercis Canadensis) is a beautiful tree that has delicate pink blossoms and buds turning into heart-shaped leaves that will add a dramatic feel to any home. The trunk typically divides close to the ground allowing the tree to make a statement with many “trunks” and branch patterns where no tree is the same. Usually with a flat-topped crown the tree is not the largest tree so it will not provide much shade, but it will add some beauty to your home.

Zones: 4-9

Height: 20-30’

Spread: 25-35’

Prairifire Flowering Crabapple

The Prairifire Flowering Crabapple (Malus ‘prairifire’) tree is a good tree if you would like to bring more wildlife into your yard. With bright red flowers, it is a hardy tree that can handle many different conditions that can be thrown at it. Producing crab apples, the tree will surely bring in some wildlife for you and your family to enjoy. The dark red-maroon leaves will turn to a dark green color as the fall continues.

Zones: 6-8

Height: 15-0’

Spread: 15’

With plenty more trees to choose from, these four trees are just a taste of what you can plant in Massachusetts. Do some research, there are plenty of trees for shade, floral or even fruit that you can decide which one would do best for your yard and your family.

If you have any more questions about tree service in Merrimac Valley call KMA Tree Services today at 978-373-1779 for an estimate on any work you need done.