Trees

Ornamental Trees

Ornamental Trees

*Special Note About Ornamental Trees

We hear the question a lot, “Why can’t I plant a crabapple in my right-of-way if I don’t have overhead lines?” Crabapples or other ornamental trees have a wider growth habit than shade trees. They grow out not up, which is why we plant them under powerlines. Having a tree that grows outward is not ideal for a right-of-way because of the need to keep the street and sidewalks clear of branches. This would mean more pruning more often and putting undue stress on the tree. For these reasons, we only plant Ornamental trees when the location has powerlines. If your location doesn’t have powerlines, you’ll only be allowed to plant shade trees.

Shade Trees

Shade Trees

In the dog days of summer, nothing beats a shady spot under a big tree for a cool, relaxing picnic. Not only is the air temperature 2 to 9°F cooler in the shade, but your clothes, skin and food can be 20 to 45°F cooler than if they were in the sun. Lighter leaf color, higher foliage density, thick leaves and rougher leaf texture all enhance the cooling effect.