Agdex No. 275.17
Choosing a shade tree for the home landscape requires planning and forethought. A tree should fit your needs now and in the future when the tree matures. Size is important, since a very large mature tree may shade the whole yard and dwarf a house on a small lot. There are many smaller trees available that would suit the location better. A tree of mature height and spread should never interfere with overhead power lines. The tree should also be adapted to the soil type in the area where it is planted.
A tree dominates a landscape so it should be attractive in all seasons. The branch structure, shape, foliage, texture and colour of the tree all provide different effects at different times during the year. Flowering and fruiting habits provide interesting effects in the garden also. Other important aspects in choosing a tree are hardiness and disease and pest resistance.