The Q&A Archives: Choosing Tree to Shade Deck

Question: We have just added a deck to the back of our home. The deck starts getting full sun about noon and is usually unbearably hot until just before sundown. I am planning to plant a tree on each side within 6-7 feet of the deck. Can you suggest some trees?

Answer: Along with trees, you might want to consider a trellis with deciduous climbing vines to help shade your deck. Some of the most well-behaved 'patio trees' (so named because they don't have many bad habits), include: paperbark maple, trident maple, dogwood, stewartia and crape myrtle. Acacia, laburnum (golden chain) and fruitless mulberry might be nice, too.

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