Choosing the Right Trees for Your Colorado Home

Updated: Mar 21

Trees are the heart and soul of almost any garden space. They provide a solid anchor for your space and allow you to create an entire atmosphere to build your garden and outdoor living space around.

With this in mind, it's clear that choosing the right tree for your Colorado home garden is crucial. So, what trees should you be planting?

  • Things to Consider.

The first thing you need to do when choosing a tree is consider the environment you are planting in. Colorado is a lush and beautiful state, but it does come with a few challenges. These are namely the arid climate and potential limited space available to you.

You want to choose a tree that you can sustain with your level of water accessibility and the amount of yard space you have. Trees that require a lot of space and water are not always the greatest choice for Colorado. This includes trees such as:

  • Austree

  • Silver Maple.

  • Russian-Olive.

  • Willows.

  • Siberian Elm.

  • White-Barked Birch.

So, with that in mind, what should you pick?

  • Trees Perfect for Your Colorado Home.

  • Russian Hawthorn.

Russian Hawthorn is an excellent choice for any Colorado garden. These medium-fast growing trees only require 2 seasons of regular watering before their root systems are firmly planted and healthy. They are also some of the most drought resistant trees out there.

Russian Hawthorn grows to a beautiful 15-20ft tall when fully matured, and offers a gorgeous oval shaped growth pattern in the foliage. The soft golden color of the bark accentuates your Colorado surroundings well.

The Russian Hawthorn is hearty and easy to grow, and will suit your Colorado home garden perfectly.

  • American Hornbeam.

The American Hornbeam is an exciting choice for your Colorado home garden. This elegant looking tree stands 25-30ft tall when matured, and offers a striking bark pattern that resembles sinewy muscles--its nickname is 'Musclewood'!

The American Hornbeam is fairly drought resistant and takes root fully after 3 seasons of regular watering. This is a gorgeous and majestic tree that will look beautiful as the centerpiece of your yard.

  • Burr Oak.

The Burr Oak is a unique tree in that it is exceptionally large for a yard tree. However, if you have the space for it, it will not disappoint. This towering behemoth can grow to over 50ft when matured and offers the strength and beauty of what you'd expect from an oak.

The appeal of the Burr Oak is its ability to adapt to a wide range of soil conditions--even arid climates such as Colorado. It is also amazingly resistant to cold temperatures which is a huge plus here.

The Burr Oak turns a beautiful golden yellow in the fall, and offers a mesmerizing furrowed bark pattern when aged. This is a tree that your family can enjoy for generations.

  • Final Thoughts.

Planting a tree in your home garden is an investment. It is preparing your home for years, decades, and even generations of memories. Choosing the right tree is a personal endeavor. But once you do, you can enjoy it for the rest of your life.


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