Trees provide a number of important beneifts. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Take in carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen – a significant benefit for mankind!
- Prevent soil erosion
- Clean the groundwater
- Provide shade
- Serve as wind breaks, and
- Provide food and shelter for wildlife.
In addition to these important benefits, trees also beautify landscapes and remind us of the importance of nature in our lives!
Benefits of Popular Landscape Trees
Thousands of different types of trees exist, each with their own unique ‘personality’ and other benefits. Below we describe a few of the more popular trees that grow in yards and parks throughout the United States.
The Pink Dogwood is a true symbol of beauty, which is displayed in every season. With its bright pink flowers with white accents and vibrant red fall foliage, the pink dogwood is a common choice by families to have planted in their yard. In addition, the red fruit produced by the Pink Dogwood serves as the food of choice for many songbirds, robins, cardinals and waxwings in the Fall and Winter seasons.
The Red Maple is considered to be intelligent and a perfectionist. Its name is descriptive of the beautiful red color it displays in each season – red foliage in the Fall, red buds in the Winter, red flowers in the Spring, and red leaf stalks in the Summer. This stunning color combined with its fast growth rate makes the Red Maple a favorite of many throughout the U.S. In addition, the Red Maple is a hardy tree that can adapt and thrive in a variety of soil conditions and climates - from as far North as Canada to as far South as Florida! Rabbits and deer frequently enjoy the Red Maple leaves and squirrels love the fruit it produces!
The Red Oak is considered a national treasure as one of the handsomest, cleanest and stateliest trees in North America! This fast growing tree has a dense crown that provides substantial shade to block ultraviolet rays from the hot Summer sun. It also displays brilliant red color in the Fall, making for a beautiful sight to see! The Red Oak is known for its adaptability in urban settings and is a great hardy choice for the yard or farm. It also provides great value to wildlife - its acorns are a popular food choice for blue jays, wild turkeys, squirrels, deer, raccoons, and black bears!
The Eastern Redbud is a symbol of love and strength. It has beautiful and bright lavender-pink blossoms and buds - making for a stunning addition to landscapes! The Redbud has a complex root system that makes it one of the hardiest deciduous trees, allowing it to grow and thrive in a variety of climates and soil conditions. In addition, its heart-shaped leaves change from reddish brown to dark green then to yellow in the Fall - a beautiful site to see! And, its irregular branching pattern adds to the uniqueness of this special tree. In addition, its seeds provide food for a variety of birds, including the Northern Bobwhite and Chickadees. The Redbud also provides a great nesting place and is considered 'home' for many birds!
Millions of Americans have planted the trees highlighted above and many others in their yard. Trees are all special in their own unique way and truly beautify the environment and landscape. In addition, for those who just can’t get enough of these stunning specimens during life, The Living Urn® provides a unique bio urn option to plant your or a loved one's ashes with a tree pod burial and young tree to grow into a living memorial. And, yes, the Pink Dogwood, Red Maple, Red Oak, and Eastern Redbud are all available options!