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The Top Three Trees to Plant for Shade in Summer

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While there are many trees found in Wisconsin, it is important to know what trees will provide shade in a landscape, and what trees should be planted to complement your landscape. The Ginkgo tree and Kentucky Coffeetree are known for the shade they provide landscapes.   


The Ginkgo is also called the maidenhair tree since its leaves are shaped similarly to the maidenhair fern. Ginko trees are unique since they have few close living relatives.  They are typically found in botanical gardens alongside other unique plant species.

What upkeep is required for the Ginkgo?

Once the Ginkgo has grown, it tends to have very few problems. Their root systems are diverse in their adaptability around walkways and patios. Their roots dig deep into the ground assisting with the structural integrity of the tree. Ginkgo trees require little maintenance since they are highly resistant to disease or insect issues.  Since this tree is slow-growing, the cycle for structural pruning is often longer than for other fast-growing species of trees.

Kentucky Coffeetree

The Kentucky Coffeetree is one of the most adaptable trees due to its ability to be planted in a wide range of site conditions with varying soils. This tree, while commonly found in open spaces, is the perfect tree that functions well in front or back yards.

What major attributes does this tree come with?

Typically, the female Kentucky Coffeetree carries a rose-like fragrance during late Spring to early Summer when greenish-white flowers bloom. During the spring, the Kentucky Coffeetree is one of the last trees to produce its leaves. In the winter, these females provide additional winter interest by maintaining their seedpods into the following spring.  The flaky bark of the Coffeetree is unique and the bold branching creates the allure of a sturdy tree.

As always, if you are looking to plant a Wisconsin shade tree or are curious about which one of these typical Wisconsin shade trees would fit on your property, contact one of our Certified Arborists, as they would be more than willing to help.

Bur Oak

The bur oak tree is known for its strength, durability, and longevity.  These characteristics make it a good option for our urban landscapes.  The bur oak’s extensive canopy can exceed 75 feet wide upon reaching full growth. This large canopy is perfect for shading sidewalks, driveways, patios, and much more. Before planting, examine the surrounding area for structures and utility lines that will surround the area to make sure the space is suitable for this majestic tree.

Doesn’t the bur oak tree have acorns?

Yes!  The scientific name for bur oak is Quercus macrocarpa, which refers to the large fruit or the acorn.  These acorns are a favorite of many types of wildlife including squirrels and deer and will generally fall without causing damage to your property.  

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2021-07-28T10:28:50-05:00 January 14th, 2021|