Some trees grow fairly quickly, which can be appealing. On the other side of things, slower-growing trees can be equally beneficial for your Sheridan, CA home. For one thing, your landscape won’t be overwhelmed. Slower-growing trees also tend to be easier to maintain, and some species falling into this category have longer average lifespans and other often-appreciated qualities. If you’re on the hunt for suggestions, here are four slow-growing trees to consider for your California home.
1. Japanese Maples
Japanese maples, in general, are more slow-growing. This is especially true with the dwarf Japanese maple variety. When mature, the smaller varieties get to about 6 to 8 feet in height. The leaves are smaller as well, but you’ll get an abundance of branches. While Japanese maples prefer full sunshine exposure, they also do well in shadier spots. You’ll also be treated to colorful fall foliage.
2. White Oak Trees
Featuring a short stocky trunk and massive limbs, these slow-growing oak trees eventually get up to 50 to 100 feet or so in height when full maturity is eventually reached. After a decade or so, these trees only reach roughly 10 to 15 feet in height, allowing plenty of time to gradually adjust the surrounding landscape as the tree slowly grows. These strong, durable trees have an ash-gray bark along with eye-pleasing fall leaves.
3. Purple Lily Magnolias
Deer resistant, these slow-growing trees are worth considering if you prefer beautiful and fragrant dark purple-red flowers with pink centers for added contrast. You’ll be treated to this visual display in the spring just before the leaves fully develop. The yearly growth rate of purple lily magnolias is 6 to 12 inches. These trees are often used as lawn or accent trees, but they can work well with many different landscape layouts or designs.
4. California Junipers
Even with the longer growing seasons common in California, these trees only grow, on average about 2 to 4 inches per year. Tough and resilient but on the smaller side, California junipers fit nicely into garden areas. They’re also highly resistant to drought conditions and drier weather. On a related note, you can water these trees less often when there’s a need to conserve water locally without sacrificing the health of the tree. Some varieties also produce bluish berries.
Prepare Your Yard for Slow-Growing Trees
If you need to make some room for slow-growing trees on your Sheridan, CA property, a trusted local tree service company like All Green Tree Service can help. This may involve tree removal, transplanting if possible, or strategic trimming of existing trees. Another option is to go with the smaller slower-growing trees we mentioned above that can fit in well with what you already have on your property.
Contact us today to talk to one of our tree specialists about your tree care needs.