One great thing about our climate in Georgia is that we have many options for selecting trees to use for landscaping. Our mix of seasons (without too many extremes) means that in addition to varieties suited for temperate areas, we can confidently plant species that are typically found only in warmer climates.
If you’re looking for trees that are attractive, durable, and easy to maintain, here are some of your many options:
Dogwoods and Redbuds. These ornamentals can be used in compact areas (mature size is about 20-25 feet), and have long spring blooming seasons where outdoor spaces come alive with white and pink flowers. These native species grow wild, and there are varieties that have different colors of blooms and brightly colored Fall leaves.
Maples. Great for shade, spectacular in the Fall, and easy to maintain. They can reach 80 feet in height, so planning for their mature size is important.
Oaks. Another great shade option, these durable stalwarts provide beauty year after year.
Fruit Trees. Peach trees are synonymous with Georgia and provide attractive decoration. Pears also thrive, along with apple trees, although you may need to amend acidic soils with lime.
Sweetbay Magnolias are fragrant, with deep green leaves and large flowers. They can provide screening with their density.
Sweet birch trees have bright yellow fall foliage and dark-colored bark. They provide a different look than some of the more common species, helping to create more complexity in a landscape.
Crepe myrtle. A small tree that often resembles a bush, its showy flowers make great accents and can be used close to buildings.
There are numerous other species to choose from, and a consulting arborist can help you plan an all-new landscape or the best ways to refresh a mature outdoor area. Jarvis Tree Experts can help plan projects ranging from backyards to major commercial developments. Learn more here.