It’s July in Michigan, which is one of the hottest months in our area. During the pandemic, you might have had time to start thinking about what could make your landscaping look a little more eye-catching and enticing. Making your neighbors a little jealous of your decorative trees and shrubbery could be something fun to do while significantly increasing your home investment and ensuring that your home looks incredible.
But planting trees is tough when you don’t know which ones will bloom the way you want them to, or which ones are best suited for your climate. Here in Michigan, that can be even tougher, considering our climate changes daily, sometimes even by the hour. Below are facts about some of the most common trees in Michigan that will make your home and landscaping the center of attention.
We all know the iconic “helicopters” that cover Michigan from the Upper Peninsula to Menominee. It is called a Red Maple tree. It is known for those little seeds that twirl like a helicopter on their way down from the branches, which can be planted to grow new Red Maples. They are also named after the vibrant red leaves that they create in the fall, which we see in and near every orchard during sweater season.
Red Maples are smaller than other maples, which is what sets them apart in every other season when they have green leaves, including summer. These conventional trees can grow up to 70 feet tall, and they will keep you well-shaded in your yard even before they are fully grown. Red maples are so named for the brilliant shades of red they display in the fall. These trees look like any other maple during the spring and summer, except their leaves are much smaller.
Michiganders can smell these white-flowered trees from a mile away, which is not always a good thing. While carrying a somewhat foul smell, the tiny flowers that bloom on this tree will make having a few front and center curbside worth it in the end. These trees can grow up to 50 feet tall and span up to 30 feet wide, so it’s important to allow them that room to be full and healthy. If you’re building a new home, this tree might be the right one for you. The Bradford Pear tree will live about 25 years so that it will grow with you and your family.
The coolest fact about this tree is that Native Americans used to use their fully-grown trunks to build canoes by hand. In the hot summer months of Michigan, they are easily spotted from far down the neighborhood by their green leaves and tiny white cotton clusters that resemble flowers from a distance. These trees are actually thought to be one of the fastest-growing trees in North America, growing up to six feet every year.
Our licensed and well-trained professionals can spice up your landscaping with any tree you’d like, whether that be one listed or one you’ve always wanted to plant.
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