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Growing Trees In Zone 5: Planting Trees In Zone 5 Gardens

Growing trees in zone 5 isn’t too difficult. A lot of trees will grow with no problem, and even if you stick to native trees, your options will be pretty broad. Here’s a list of some of the more interesting trees for zone 5 landscapes.

Growing Trees in Zone 5

Since there are a number of trees that can easily be grown in zone 5 gardens, here are some of the more commonly planted types:

Crabapple – While you might not get the tastiest fruit off of them, crabapple trees [1] are very low maintenance and can be visually stunning with brightly colored flowers, fruits, and leaves.

Japanese Tree Lilac – A showy tree all year round, the Japanese tree lilac [2] has fragrant white blossoms in summer after all other lilacs [3] have faded. In the winter, it loses its leaves to reveal attractive red bark.

Weeping Willow – A distinctive and beautiful shade tree, the weeping willow can grow as much as 8 feet per year. It absorbs water very well and can be planted strategically to remove problem damp spots in a yard.

Red Twig Dogwood – Perfect for winter interest, red twig dogwood [4] gets its name from the vivid red bark. It also produces attractive white flowers in the spring and bright red foliage in the fall.

Serviceberry – A very low maintenance and hardy tree, the serviceberry [5] looks good all year long with attractive white flowers, edible blue berries, bright fall foliage and pleasant smooth bark.

River Birch – The river birch tree [6] has remarkable bark that peels away naturally to create a striking textured appearance.

MagnoliaMagnolia trees [7] are famous for their dazzling array of pink and white flowers. Many magnolias aren’t hardy to zone 5, but some cultivars perform very well in this cold climate.

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