Trees are complex systems that provide significant benefits. As they grow, they remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen – a huge benefit for people and the environment. They also provide shade, prevent soil erosion, serve as wind breaks, help clean the groundwater, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. In addition, they beautify the surroundings and are a constant reminder of the importance of nature in our lives.
There are thousands of tree types, all of which have their unique ‘personality’ and benefits. Below we highlight three of the most popular trees in the U.S. - the Pink Dogwood, Red Maple, and Eastern Redbud..
The Pink Dogwood symbolizes beauty, which is on display in all four seasons. It’s a popular landscape tree and displays bright pink flowers on its branches with white accents and vibrant red fall foliage. In addition, the Pink Dogwood produces red fruit that serves as a food of choice of songbirds, robins, cardinals and waxwings in the Fall and Winter months.
The Red Maple is a perfectionist. Its name is true to the red color it displays in each of the four seasons – red buds in the winter, red flowers in the spring, red leaf stalks in the summer and red foliage in the fall. This beautiful red color combined with its fast growth makes it a favorite of many. Squirrels love the fruit it produces and rabbits and deer frequently enjoy the red maple leaves.
The Eastern Redbud symbolizes love and strength. It has beautiful and bright pink blossoms and buds and has a root system that makes it one of the hardiest deciduous trees that can grow and thrive in a variety of climates and soil conditions. In addition, its leaves are heart-shaped and change from reddish brown to dark green then to yellow in the fall. The irregular branching pattern adds to the uniqueness of this special tree. Further, its seeds provide food for a variety of birds, including the Northern Bobwhite and Chickadees. The redbud also provides a great nesting place for birds.
Many people plant these beautiful trees as landscape trees in their yard. They are all special in their own way and truly beautify the landscape. In addition, for people who just can’t get enough of these beautiful specimens during life, there’s a unique new option to plant your ashes with a bio urn and tree seedling to grow into a mature tree, or a living memorial. This special bio urn and planting system is called The Living Urn, and, yes, the Pink Dogwood, Red Maple, and Eastern Redbud are all available options!