The Q&A Archives: Shade Tree

Question: I have a tri-level house in Aurora, Colorado and would like to plant a shade tree on the south side of my house to provide shade to my bedroom that is on the third floor. I am worried about the tree

Answer: Shade trees should usually be planted 20' away from buildings and foundations. If you have that much room, consider planting poplar, quaking aspen, thinleaf alder, Rocky Mountain birch, or peach leaf willow. If you don't have that much planting room you might consider planting narrow, upright arborvitaes. Some will grow 50' in height. Good luck with your landscape.

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