When planting a tree on your property certain
questions must be asked to decide which tree to
plant. Failure to do so could result in
costly pruning or removals. The height and
width of the tree and the type of environment
are things that must be taken into
Below are some specific questions to answer
before planting a tree.
- Height. Will the tree
bump into anything when it is fully grown?
- Canopy spread. How wide
will the tree grow?
- Is the tree deciduous or
coniferous? (Will it lose its
leaves in the winter?)
- Form or shape. A
columnar tree will grow in less space. Round
and V-Shaped species provide the most shade.
- Growth rate. How long
will it take for your tree to reach its full
height? Slow growing species typically live
longer than fast growing species.
- Soil, sun, and moisture
- Fruit. No one wants
messy droppings on busy sidewalks.
- Hardiness zone
indicates the temperature extremes in which
a tree can be expected to grow. For the
purposes of this quiz hardiness zone
considerations have been disregarded. Check
with your community's tree board or forestry
department or a local county cooperative
extension agent for a list of trees suitable
for planting in your specific hardiness zone