Choosing a Tree to Plant

Choosing a Tree to Plant

Selecting a Tree to Plant

When choosing the right tree to plant, considering proper placement to prevent future interference with utility lines and buildings while taking into account over all beauty will increase your property value. Here are some guidelines in choosing the right tree for your home or property.

Choosing the Size of Your Tree

It is best to consider the tree width as well as height to fit the area you wish to plant your tree. A short list of details below will help you make your choice.

  • Wide and Short Trees: A tree that grows above the roof of a one story building being under twenty five feet high and less than forty foot wide. They can be planted under the lines of utilities and next to the street as long as the branches do not inhibit traffic.
  • Skinny short trees: Perfect for planting below utility lines and limited areas under twenty foot high and less than twenty foot wide.
  • Wide and medium height: a tree that grows between 25 to 45 ft. tall and up to forty foot wide. These are great shade trees for single story homes or the windows and walls of a two story house. These trees require more room and will take more maintenance.
  • Medium and skinny trees: Grow 25 to 45 feet tall and about 20 feet wide. They are great for areas near fences and smaller places.
  • Wide Tall Trees: are under 40 foot in width and under 45 foot in height. They are great trees providing shade for houses, driveways, backyards or any other significant areas.
  • Skinny Tall Trees: grow under 20 foot wide and higher than 45 foot tall. These trees are great shade trees for area of limited space.

Shape, Colors, and FruitsĀ to consider

Trees can be of more use than just for shade and wind breaks. What else to consider? Trees can add more to your home than shade or a wind block. Consider trees for their:
Flowers: Flowers add color to the landscape and attract butterflies and other wildlife.

  • Color: Red, orange, yellow and purple are variations of tropical colors that add beauty.
  • Shape: Trees can be oval, pyramidal, round, spreading, vase-shaped or narrow; all add interest to your landscape.
  • Fruit: Many varieties of fruits can be grown in Hawaii, providing food from the garden.

Tree requirements and needs:

Native trees of Hawaii and other low-water use trees, once established and due to the amount of rainfall, need little or no extra water. Decide whether you have enough room to plant in the areas you have selected. Note that you must stay at least 10 to 15 feet away from the house foundation and at least 5 feet away from fences, patios and other surface structures.