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Trees providing shade in summer

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:46 am
by momlala
I would like to plant a tree that is relatively fast growing to provide shade to the front of my house in summer which gets direct Eastern sun from 7:30am to 2pm. But I don't want an evergreen so that in the winter my home is getting the direct sunlight. I had a fruit bearing plum tree that was perfect but after 30 years it split during a snow storm right across my lawn. I would like to stay away from any fruit trees.

Re: Trees providing shade in summer

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 6:01 pm
by lorijones
A very nice choice would be a red maple called 'October Brilliance'. This is a fairly fast growing tree that reaches about 40' tall and spreads to 30'. The new leaves are brilliant red in the spring and the foliage matures to a deep green in the summer. The fall color is outstanding with red to orange or brilliant yellow color.
Another great choice would be the Katsuratree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum). This is a beautiful tree with multi season interest. It grows about 40' - 60' tall and has a medium to fast growth rate. Here is a post from our discussion board about this tree: ... f=13&t=612.