Best Trees To Plant In Your Midwest Backyard

If you've just moved into a house, or even if you have lived in your house for a while, it is always nice to have some shade trees in your backyard. It is never too early, or too late, to add some trees to your backyard.

Although you can plant trees that are not native to your area, if you really want the trees to thrive, it is smart to plant native trees. Native trees will be more equipped to survive long, cold Midwest winters and hot summers. They will also be more equipped to fight against the local insect population. These are trees that were made to grow in the specific conditions that will be present in your Midwest backyard.

Northwest White Cedar

If you are looking for an evergreen tree, consider planting some northwest white cedar in your backyard. These trees have scaly leaves. There branches are often described as fan-like. The bark on their trunks is a light reddish–brown.

These trees are made to survive midwestern winters. In the right environments, these trees can live for hundreds of years. You may even have items in your house that are made out of northwest white cedar. The wood is lightweight and is commonly used to produce lumber.

You don't have to do a lot with a northwest white cedar. Just plant it and let it grow; it should take care of itself. Every fall, you may have to pick up some pinecones from your backyard, but that is about it.

Common Chokecherry

Some people consider the common chokecherry to be more of a shrub, due to its dense nature, while others consider it more of a tree since it grows quite tall as well.

If you want to plant a tree that is a little thick, and will provide you with more privacy, you should consider planting a common chokecherry in your backyard.

These trees do produce very small dark red berries, hence the name chokecherry. These berries are poisonous to humans and should not be ingested.

Bald Cypress

If you want to plant a deciduous tree, and fill your backyard with beautiful leaves every fall, you should consider planting a bald cypress.

Although its trunk does not get too wide, the bald cypress can grow to great heights. You'll want to plant it somewhere in your backyard where it will not eventually run into other trees as it grows taller.

It's leaves look more like pine-needles than traditional leaves, but they do change color and fall off the tree every autumn.

If you want some help planting these trees, call up a local tree company like Lawn-Tech, Ltd. to get some assistance.