Gardening in Raleigh – Our Tried and True Picks for Trees in the Southern Landscape

Whether you are new to Raleigh, considering moving here, or just looking to simplify your garden, we have a number of tried and true favorites that have worked in our own Raleigh garden.  Try these for yourself and we are certain you won’t be disappointed.

For winter interest, summer shade and adding height into the landscape trees are invaluable.  Some of our favorites are below:

Deciduous Trees

 

River Birch

River Birch

River Birch:  Multi-trunk specimens will enhance almost every backyard and provide a light shade for hot summer afternoons. An added bonus – is its peeling bark and striking trunk color for winter interest. The River Birch also tends to be a faster growing tree which can be a bonus for newly established gardens.

 

 

 

Dogwood Blooms

Dogwood Blooms

Flowering Dogwood:  The Dogwood is the State flower of North Carolina, so why not plant one of these beautiful trees in your landscape. The springtime show of beautiful blooms will enhance any woodland garden.  The Dogwood trees have either delicate white or pink blooms and make a lovely focal point for a garden.  For a truly spectacular show of spring blooms, plant azaleas in a ring under the Dogwood.

 

Crape Myrtle:  These trees come in both a standard variety and dwarf variety and a number of showy colors from dark red, bright pink and even white.  Multi-trunk specimens are especially sought after and offer a sculptural quality to the winter garden. The Crape Myrtle is also prized for its hardiness in southern climates.

 

Redbud Tree

Redbud Tree

 

Redbud: These beautiful trees in full bloom are a welcoming sight and seem to herald in the start of spring.  The Redbud’s open vase shaped form make it a perfect spot to linger under in the summer. The Redbud is most commonly known for its lavender blooms, but it also has white varieties.  Did you know that the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh has a very large collections of Redbuds?  Why not enjoy the spring blooms in person this year.

 

 

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

 

Japanese Maple:  These trees are perhaps the perfect ornamental tree given its varying sizes, forms, colors and leaf variety.  The lace leaf variety with its delicate red leaves and smaller size is my personal favorite.  This variety can be a bit expensive, so plant it in a spot where you can truly enjoy it.  Other varieties include broad leaf Japanese Maples which can grow as tall as 25 feet.  With the number of different species available, gardeners can include a few in their landscape for a punch of color.

 

Evergreen Trees  

 

Holly

Holly

Holly:  There are many different specimens of the Holly, from the large landscape tree “Nellie R. Stevens” to smaller shrub varieties. These trees are prized for their deep green leaf and red berries.  This is an excellent tree for a focal point to anchor a two-story house.  It needs room to grow so don’t plant it too close to the foundation or it will be in need of frequent pruning.

 

Cryptomeria: This is one of our favorite screening trees since it has a nice conical growth habit and very few pests. One reason may be the room required to grow these since they can reach a mature height of up to 60 feet by 30 feet wide. If you have the space, we prefer the Cryptomeria over the Leland Cypress which has become almost the default tree for a privacy hedge.

 

If you would like to find out more about gardening in the Triangle, please contact us. At the Capital City Real Estate Group in Raleigh, we know what to plant to enhance the beauty and value of your Raleigh home.  Yes, value.  A well planned landscape can add thousands to the value of your home and increase curb appeal when it comes time to sell.  On the other hand, an overgrown and unkept landscape had the opposite effect – decreasing your home’s value and discouraging potential buyers from even looking at your home.  So welcome visitors to your door with a nicely landscaped yard – we can show you how.

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