Tree Selection

(Question)

I like advice on a native tree for my back yard. I have contacted LEAF about their back yard planting program but I don’t know which tree would be best for my small city backyard, which has lots of sun. What do you suggest?

(Answer)

The LEAF backyard tree planting program is an excellent way to get a lovely native tree for your backyard. Reviewing the trees they have on offer, I would suggest the Eastern Redbud, Grey Dogwood, Smooth Serviceberry as these are all relatively small trees. The other possibilities include the Pagoda Dogwood and the largest one I would consider, the Honey Locust, which, though a large tree, has a very light open character. If you would like to see these trees and their characteristics, visit LEAF’s web site here and click on the pictures to read a description of each type.