The Best Trees to Add to Your Denver Yard After a Tree Removal Appointment

February 19, 2020

Hiring a local Denver tree service to remove old and dying trees is always a smart decision. Pros will be able to handle the disposal of the tree and will take the necessary steps to keep the rest of your property safe. But what do you do once that tree is removed? Do you just live with the empty space or should you add a new tree to take its place? Planting the right trees can add serious value to your home, but they won’t add much until they’re large. Here are some of the fastest growing tree types that are perfect for most Denver area yards.

Blue Spruce
What better tree to add to your yard than the state’s official tree? The blue spruce is a beautiful evergreen characterized by its bluish green pine needles and classic symmetry that make them the picture-perfect Christmas tree out in your yard. The trees themselves grow quickly and are quick to take root in Denver soil. They’re naturally drought tolerant and can withstand the high winds that are so common across the Front Range. Because their branches are so sturdy and their needles so thick, they’re the perfect choice for homeowners looking to add privacy or to reduce noise contamination from nearby busy streets. 

If you look around downtown Denver or even down your block, chances are that you’ll find at least one cottonwood tree somewhere nearby. That’s because these trees can thrive in Denver and grow incredibly quickly, well over five feet per year during peak growth years. These trees do need a regular source of water, but once they’re established, cottonwoods can survive most droughts easily.

Once established, cottonwoods produce thick leaf cover, making them the perfect shade tree for your yard. Keep in mind that you may not want to plant these trees right next to your house. Though they’re beautiful and leafy, they are prone to breakage if you don’t stay on top of pruning and trimming. Just make sure you select a cottonwood variety that’s native to Colorado. These are much more likely to stand up to severe weather without breakage.

Crabapple trees used to be one of the most popular varieties for homeowners across the United States. They’re relatively small in stature, but they produce beautiful blooms every spring and their fruit (the crabapple) can be used in jellies, jams, and pastries. They’re better as a decorative tree than a shade tree and can be slow to produce fruit, but once they’re established, the result is a beautiful flowering tree that comes back with gusto year after year.

Burr Oak
Oaks have a reputation for being one of the longest lasting trees and they deserve it. They grow quickly and can grow up to 50 feet tall under the right conditions. Their limbs are incredibly sturdy, making oaks a great option for hanging swings and their large and heavily leafed canopies produce plenty of shade to keep you cool on those hot summer afternoons.

They’re also incredibly weather resistant and aren’t likely to break during severe storms. This means you can plant them closer to your house without worrying about damage. They’re also relatively low-maintenance, but they do produce a ton of leaf and acorn waste in the fall. If you’re okay cleaning up after them, Burr oaks are a great option. But if you’re looking for a tree that doesn’t leave you spending hours raking up, you might want to consider a different species.

Norway Maple 
The Norway maple is a relatively new species popping up in Denver yards. As its name suggests, it’s native to Scandinavia, making it naturally resistant to the cold temperatures we see so often during the winter. But even better, the tree thrives in high alkaline soils—the type of soil most common throughout the Front Range area. 

The wood is relatively hard, making it ideal for homeowners who don’t want to worry about storm damage and downed limbs. Like all maples, they’re fairly easy to take care of and grow relatively quickly. During the spring and summer months, the tree produces plenty of leaves, making them a great shade option for both front and back yards. Keep in mind that these maples won’t produce maple syrup, but their colorful leaves in the fall more than make up for the fact.

Western Hackberry
This beautiful tree is native to Colorado, making it ideal for homeowners who want to have established trees on their property as quickly as possible. It grows quickly, reaching heights of 50 feet if left untrained, but when properly cared for, can stay small enough to work in most yards. 

The leaves provide plenty of shade, but it’s also a huge draw many native species of birds. The tree produces small fruits that birds absolutely love to eat. During the winter months, the tree also acts as a shelter for non-migratory birds. This makes the tree an ideal choice for residents who appreciate wildlife. Even better, the fruit doesn’t create a huge mess at the end of the growing season, so you won’t have to worry about an increase in yardwork.

Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
When it comes to flowering trees, dogwoods are some of the most beautiful. They produce brilliant yellow flowers during the spring and small fruit which attracts wildlife in the summer. When the temperatures drop, the leaves go from shiny green to a deep red, so you’ll be able to enjoy color throughout most of the year. This tree is also naturally pest-resistant so you shouldn’t have to worry about unwanted insects causing major problems with your landscaping or forcing you to have a tree removed almost as soon as you plant it.

Get Advice Today
Finding the perfect tree for your home doesn’t have to be hard. Just make sure you consult with your tree removal team and find out what they recommend. They’ve seen what works in most yards and what types of trees do best in your area. Contact us to schedule an appointment and clear space in your yard for new and beautiful growth today.
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