Best Trees For Shade: Common Trees For Shady Areas
The following are some common trees for shady areas. They have been chosen because they can grow in many different types of soil conditions. You may want to choose your own favorite tree if you live in a shadier area or prefer another type of tree for shady areas. If you like any of these trees, please share with us in the comments section below!
1. Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
Redwoods are one of the most famous trees for shade. They are native to California and their branches reach up to 100 feet high. Their leaves are large and glossy green, which makes them very attractive plants for shady locations. Redwoods can survive in almost all kinds of soils including sandy soil, clayey soils, loamy soils, acidic soils and even heavy clay soils. They are not frost tolerant.
2. Oak (Quercus robur)
Oak trees are popular for shade because they can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions such as sand, silt, clay and heavy clay soils. Oaks can grow in many different types of soils including sandy soil, silt, clay and heavy clay soils. Oaks need light rainfall during the growing season to thrive so they do well when there is little rain in the summer months.
3. Holm Oak (Quercus ilex)
Holm oaks are one of the more popular trees for shade in the Mediterranean area such as Spain and Italy. They can survive in many types of soil conditions, although they prefer well-drained soil. They also need a little water during the summer months to grow. Holm oaks are drought tolerant so they don’t need a lot of water. These trees can grow in the wild and be very large if they are near the coast or near mountains because they can get moisture when it is hot during the summer months.
4. Larch (Larix decidua)
This tree grows in both northern and southern Europe. It prefers sandy or loamy soil conditions and does not tolerate water logging. Even though it is a coniferous tree, it drops its needles every year like other deciduous trees. It grows to a large size and it tolerates maritime exposure.
5. Yew (Taxus baccata)
The yew tree is one of the slowest-growing trees in Britain. It prefers loamy soil but can tolerate heavier clay soil or even sand. This plant does not tolerate water logging. As it tolerates maritime exposure it can make a great tree for shady areas. It spreads very slowly so can be used as ground cover if required.
6. Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
The beech tree prefers loamy soil, but it can also tolerate heavy clay soil and even sand. It grows well in full sun or full shade. It has a large spreading canopy so it is a good choice for a shady area because it casts a lot of shade.
7. Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa)
The sweet chestnut tree has large leaves that turn yellow, orange and red in the autumn. It needs fertile soil with plenty of moisture, so it grows best near the coast or in valleys where there is more rainfall. It can tolerate full sunlight or partial shade.
8. Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
The hornbeam grows in many different soil conditions but it prefers fertile well-drained loamy soil. It can grow in full sun or full shade. It is a fast growing tree that can grow to a large size, but if you live in an area with harsh winters then the tree will not grow as large.
9. Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
The Scots pine tree prefers sandy or well-drained loamy soil and can tolerate full sun or partial shade. It is a popular Christmas tree and grows well in Britain. It is very tolerant to poor soil conditions but does not tolerate water logging.
10. English Oak (Quercus robur)
The English oak grows in many different soil types but it prefers loamy soil. It can grow in full sun or partial shade, and it tolerates pollution. (It is the emblem of London). The English oak tree does not tolerate water logging so it will not grow near a river.
If you are looking to plant a tree in your garden and want to find out more information about the different types of trees, then this website is a good place to start.
Trees are important and play a vital role in our environment. They clean the air we breathe, reduce noise and provide habitat for wildlife. So the next time you are outside see if you can identify some of these trees and enjoy their beauty.
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