Five Trees For Commercial Landscaping That Resist Adverse Urban Conditions

3 January 2017
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Most people with no experience in commercial landscaping fail to understand that what works in residential spaces often isn't the best choice for use in commercial districts. Many types of trees, for instance, simply don't perform well in the kind of conditions found in urban business districts. Pollution, salt runoff, vehicle exhaust, and cramped conditions caused by an abundance of pavement can all cause some types of trees to fail or thrive. Fortunately, other types of trees seem as if they're simply made for adverse conditions found in many commercial properties. Following is a list of five trees to consider if you're in the process of making decisions designed to devise attractive landscaping for your commercial property

Trident Maple Trident Maples are attractive trees that reach a maximum of 25 feet at full maturity, making them an excellent choice for planting under utility lines and in other tight spaces. It also adjusts to a wide range of soil types and otherwise thrives in urban environments. Because Trident Maple trees are underused in many commercial landscaping projects, they're recommended for those who want color outside the usual lines in their commercial landscaping. Speaking of color, the foliage of Trident Maples turn bright red, gold, and orange during the autumn months, and, like other maple trees, the leaves remain on the trees for several weeks instead of blowing down quickly after changing color. 

Eastern Redbud Eastern Redbud is another small tree that performs well in tight conditions and is particularly useful for areas where it's important that trees not interfere with power lines. Redbud trees rarely grow more than 20-feet tall when grown in urban environments, though they often reach as much as 30-feet tall when in their native woodland habitat. Eastern Redbuds make spectacular specimen trees because of their profuse floral display in mid-spring; their glossy, dark green foliage; and their attractively colored fall foliage. Plant this tree near a front entrance on your commercial property to provide a classy and pretty accent. 

Dogwood Another spring bloomer, Dogwood trees are another good choice for specimen plantings near doorways and other highly trafficked areas of your commercial property. Dogwood trees are not fussy about soil and only reach about 25 feet, making them another ideal tree for planting in areas where overhead power lines are a concern. 

Purple Ash  If you've got an area on your commercial property that's crying out for some gorgeous fall color, consider planting a Purple Ash tree. Purple Ashes turn vibrant purple in autumn and make a good alternative to trees that exhibit classic yellows and reds. Because Purple Ash trees can grow up to 60 feet tall, they aren't recommended for use under power lines. They're tolerant of most urban conditions and can withstand a certain amount of heat and drought. 

Coastal Live Oak  Coastal Live Oaks make good shade trees for parking lots. Because they don't like being surrounded by turf, they're best in meridians where bark dust or other mulching materials are used in place of lawn grass. At 40 feet tall, you should avoid planting them under power lines. Because this particular species of oak is evergreen, you won't have to deal with the usual problems fallen leaves can cause in parks such as forming slick spots after a rain. Also, you won't have the expense of paying a commercial landscaping service for leaf removal services.

There are many things to take into consideration when planning a commercial landscape. Please feel free to contact a commercial landscaping company at your earliest convenience to assist you in your quest to create a beautiful, well maintained commercial property.