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What are some good trees for home landscaping?

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Some good trees for home landscaping small gardens include trees that grow to less than 40 feet, such as the Crape Myrtle, Smoke Tree, Saucer Magnolia, Fig Tree, Crabtree, Eastern Redbud and Flowering Dogwood. Large yards can also include larger trees, such as the Sugar Maple, Colorado Blue Spruce, Japanese Flowering Cherry, Northern Red Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Red Maple and Yellow Poplar.

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Before selecting a tree, growers should know their growth zones and choose the most compatible trees. For instance, the Crape Maple is a hardy tree that is best planted in zones 7 to 9. The Smoke Tree loves hot and dry weather and is best grown in zones 5 to 8. The Saucer Magnolia can handle a wild range of environments, including pollution, and is best grown in zones 4 to 9. The Fig Tree requires protection from the wind and cold and should be planted in zones 7 to 11.

Although the Sugar Maple grows well in most temperatures and soils, it's best planted in zones 3 to 8. The Colorado Blue Spruce can grow in almost any location, but grow them in zones 2 to 7, and give them enough room to grow for the best results. Keep the Japanese Flowering Cherry pest-free and grow them in moist, well-drained soil in zones 5 to 8. The Northern Red Oak can grow for 300 years and are best grown in zones 3 to 8. The Eastern Red Cedar grows well in almost any soil type and loves the sun, and it should be planted in zones 2 to 9.

The USDA separates the zones into 11 sections in its Plant Hardiness Zone Map. These numbers measure the minimum average temperature in each area.

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