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Q: shade trees ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: shade trees
Category: Family and Home > Gardening
Asked by: daddymac-ga
List Price: $2.50
Posted: 30 Jul 2002 15:22 PDT
Expires: 29 Aug 2002 15:22 PDT
Question ID: 47063
What varieties of shade trees should I plant to get the coolest shade
?  I live in zone 5.
Subject: Re: shade trees
Answered By: mother-ga on 30 Jul 2002 19:30 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello DaddyMac, and thank you for your question.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a good resource to help you
decide which shade tree would be best for your landscaping project. 
And if you join the foundation and/or place an order, you will get
some trees for free!

You can search their online tree guide by tree type (including "shade
trees"), soil type, sun exposure and zone. Filling in more information
not provided in your question (soil type, sun exposure) can help you
narrow the choices, as there are several to choose from in Zone 5.

Regarding the "coolest" shade, a tree with wide leaves and a wide
canopy will provide the most coverage. The Sugar Maple and Red Maple
are good choices for shade and beautiful fall color, as well as
varieties of Oak.

Additional resources:

"Tree Planting 101" (Southern Living),13676,230779,00.html

"How to Plant a Tree" (TreeHelp)

Search strategy:

best "shade trees" "zone 5"
"when to plant" trees

Best of luck with your tree planting this fall!

daddymac-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: shade trees
From: monkeyinthemiddle-ga on 18 Feb 2005 15:34 PST
I live in zone 5. I have 2 large maples. They provide a lot of shade.
THey are at the point now where they have to be trimmed regularly.
I have an article on:

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