Choosing a Tree
There is so much to consider when choosing a tree for your yard. Do lots of research before you buy your tree so you will know all of its traits.
Use: What do you want the tree for? Some of your choices might be one to stay small in the garden, one to grow large and strong enough for kids to swing from someday, or one to grow large enough for a shady picnic but with a nice airy feel.
Height: How long will it take for the tree to reach the height that you hope for? Some are very slow growers and may disappoint you.
Roots: Trees with very shallow roots should not be planted close to water and sewer pipes, or you'll be repairing those pipes often. Nor should they be planted near your driveway, patio or sidewalk.
Width: A tree that will grow to 50 feet wide should not be planted less than 25 feet from your house.
Mess: Many trees will drop all of their leaves once a year. Decide if you would prefer to rake up a few very large leaves or tons of teeny leaves. Other trees have flowers or seed pods, which will end up on the ground one day.
Location: After you've decided on all the traits you want in a tree, you need to also find out if it will grow in your climate zone. Another consideration is if the tree will eventually kill all of your garden flowers and so should be planted away from them.
Allergies: Hayfever is usually from the pollen of flowers, and there are many flowering trees. But, there are also several non-flowering trees that cause people with hayfever to suffer.
The tree you choose will be with you for years and years, and some are very expensive. It bears repeating that you should do lots of research before deciding which one is right for you.