Did you know there are more than 70,000 tree species globally? And experts estimate that 9,000 species are yet to be discovered. Biodiversity on planet earth is no joke.

As a homeowner in America, however, there are far fewer types of trees that you’re likely to be concerned with. There are common trees that are grown in yards across the country, and there are native trees specific to your area.

But what are the most common tree types you need to be aware of when planning out your landscaping efforts? Keep reading below to discover what backyard trees you need to know about. 

Deciduous Trees

Deciduous trees are more commonly referred to as hardwood trees. These are the types of trees that change leaf color in the fall and lose their leaves during winter.

They require lots of sunlight to keep their leaves healthy, but wintertime doesn’t provide enough sun, so the trees shed instead. 

Common deciduous trees in American yards include oak trees, maple trees, birch trees, and locust trees. 

Evergreen Trees

Evergreen trees are those that don’t shed in the fall. Their leaves (or needles) don’t change color.

These are popular for landscaping in colder climates where snowfall from winter covers up the yard. The only green you’ll have for a few months is the needles on these trees.

Most evergreen trees also grow pinecones, making these conifers. 

Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a type of deciduous tree since they lose their leaves in the fall and winter. Apple, pear, and peach trees are some of the most common for American homeowners.

Maintenace for these trees is relatively easy. Though you will eventually end up with more fruit than you can eat through. Make sure to pick up fruit so that your yard doesn’t attract critters like rats. 

You can trim your trees to limit fruit production if you’re struggling to eat or give away all the fruit you are producing. It’s best to hire a tree removal service for this. The best tree company will remove branches swiftly and safely, ensuring your tree remains healthy, balanced, and supported. 

Shade Trees

Shade trees aren’t an official category of trees, but they are an important category for homeowners. Shade over your home can prevent sunlight from overheating your house, which would cause your air conditioner to work harder than necessary.

Having shade in the yard can create a more enjoyable place to sit and relax, particularly in the South and Southwest. 

Privacy Trees

One of the best ways to boost curb appeal and attract buyers to your property is by planting privacy trees. These are trees that when planted close to one another, create a “living” fence.

It’s a much more natural way to create privacy in the yard and keep neighbors’ eyes off of you as you relax in the back. 

Planting Various Types of Trees

The best yards will have multiple types of trees. But you don’t want to plant random trees together.

You want to consider your landscaping goals and find trees that work well together to create both an aesthetically pleasing and functional yard.

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