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The Best Trees To Pick For Low-Maintenance Landscaping
1. Chinese Dogwood
The Chinese dogwood, a charming, low-maintenance flowering tree characterized by its unique vase-like form and beautiful white flowers, flourishes when given the
right conditions.
It thrives in USDA growing zones 5 to 8, prefers full sun to partial shade, and humusy, organically rich, and well-draining soil. It typically grows 15 to 30 feet tall and wide.
2. Crape Myrtle
The Crape myrtle tree, also known as the 'Lilacs of the South,' is actually a tall-growing deciduous shrub showcasing large red, white, pink, and purple blooms from summer to fall.
It is suited to USDA growing zones 6 to 9, enjoys full sun, and requires evenly moist, well-draining soil. It can grow between 6 and 25 feet in both height and width.
3. Fuji Cherry
The Fuji cherry is perfect for those with smaller yards or less time. It grows well in zones 5 to 9, requires partial to full sun, and prefers evenly moist, well-draining soil.
It stands between 5 to 8 feet tall and spreads 3 to 5 feet wide. In spring, it produces lovely pink flowers, with the foliage showing off incredible seasonal changes.
4. Myrobalan Plum
The Myrobalan plum, or cherry plum or purple-leaf plum, thrives in USDA growing zones 5 to 8, with a preference for full sun to partial shade, and well-draining soil.
It's a great focal point for any garden due to its sweet fruits and fragrant white flowers that bloom in spring. It can reach a height and width of 15
to 30 feet.
5. Seagrape
What's unique about the seagrape tree is that it lets you choose whether or not it bears fruit. If you plant just a single specimen, your tree is unlikely to cross-pollinate.
Seagrape thrives in zones 10 to 11, loves full sun, and prefers well-draining soil. It can grow 35 to 50 feet tall and 20 to 30 feet wide, blooming from spring
through summer.