Trees for driveways are quite different from other tree types. Tree species are often selected for their colour, shape, size and ability to withstand the traffic that comes with being on a driveway. Some of the best choices include:
This is a fast-growing evergreen tree that is very tolerant of poor soil and urban pollution. Making it a fantastic choice of trees for driveways. It has bright green foliage which lasts all year and can be shaped to any desired form. The Leyland Cypress is considered a pest in some parts of the world and does not support native wildlife.
This tree would be best planted on the East or West sides of a driveway. It benefits from partial sunlight and should grow well in most climates.
The European Larch, also known as the "larch," has conical-shaped crown full of needle leaves that turn golden yellow in Autumn, when they fall to cover the ground with nature's colourful carpet. This tree grows very slowly when young but speeds up with age and makes an excellent windbreak for taller trees behind it, such as pines and spruces.
The larch is best planted on the North or West sides of a driveway where it will benefit from maximum sunlight and protection from strong winds.
This tree has dark green needles and reaches up to 30 metres in height, although it can be kept much shorter with regular pruning. The Scotch Pine prefers full sun but does well in partial shade too. It needs little water once established and is very cold hardy, making it useful for stabilising soil around other trees that need more moisture. This tree should grow well in most climates, including cooler ones.
This tree is an evergreen conifer with bright green foliage that turns coppery brown in autumn. The Green Giant Arborvitae can reach a height of 5 metres when grown in full sun, which makes it ideal for planting between high-traffic areas and walkways. It needs very little water but benefits from mulching around the dripline yearly to protect its root system.
The Green Giant Arborvitae should grow well on most soils provided they are well drained, although heavy clay soil will reduce the tree's vigour. It tolerates cold weather very well but cannot survive dry conditions without supplemental irrigation.
This tree has reddish-purple or scarlet leaves in spring and beautiful orange-red foliage in autumn. It can reach up to 18 metres in height with a spread of 10 metres, making it ideal for planting on the North side of a driveway where its colours will really shine.
The Red Maple loves sun but also tolerates shade, if this is cast by taller trees such as pines or poplars. It should grow well on most soils but prefers moist areas that are somewhat acidic. Cold hardiness varies depending on cultivar; some are more cold tolerant than others.
This tree has long, green needles growing in bundles of five and reaches over 30 metres when fully grown. The Eastern White Pine is extremely resistant to drought, insects and disease. It does well in urban areas because it tolerates pollution, compacted soil and salt spray.
This tree is best planted on the East or West sides of a driveway where its branches can provide shade during summer months without casting too much shade over the driveway itself. It does best in well-draining soils but also grows well on clay-like soils as long as they are moist. Cold hardiness varies depending on cultivar; some are more cold tolerant than others.
This conifer looks like an upside down ice cream cone covered with blue-green needles running up the of each scale that form its tapered tip. The Blue Atlas Cedar has a pyramidal shape and reaches up to 5 metres tall when young, but can be kept shorter with regular pruning.
This tree is great for adding colour on the East or West sides of a driveway where its colour will be enjoyed throughout the year, not just in autumn like most other trees. It needs full sunlight and fertilizer every spring to keep it looking its best; fertilize once before new growth appears and again after eight weeks. It tolerates most soils as long as they drain well, but does best on loamy soil rich in organic matter. Cold hardiness depends on cultivar; some are more cold tolerant than others.
This small, deciduous tree has light pink flowers blooming in clusters before or as new leaves appear and heart-shaped leaves that turn green with red veins in autumn. It reaches a height of 3 metres and spreads 2.5 metres wide. The Eastern Redbud prefers full sun but can survive some partial shade; it also tolerates infertile soils better than most other trees.
The Eastern Redbud can be used on the East or West sides of a driveway because its colour is year-round, unlike that of most spring blossoms which fade away by summer's end. It grows best on rich soil high in organic matter but also tolerates poor soil, drought and clay soil very well.
This tree has red-purple leaves in spring and beautiful orange foliage in autumn. It grows best in full sun but also tolerates partial shade, making it well suited for planting at the West or South sides of a driveway that leads into the home's garage. The Shantung Maple can reach up to 10 metres tall with a spread of 6 metres when fully grown.
The Shantung Maple prefers well-draining soil but will grow on many different soils as long as they are moist; it also tolerates heat and drought better than most other trees. Cold hardiness varies depending on cultivar; some are more cold tolerant than others.
This tree has dense, rounded clusters of white flowers blooming in spring and blue-black berries appearing after the flowers fade. It grows best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade; it grows well on most soils as long as they are moist. The Serviceberry reaches a height of 5 metres and spreads up to 6 metres wide when fully grown.
The East or West sides of a driveway leading into the garage would be good spots for planting this small tree because its arching branches can provide some shade during summer months without casting too much shade over the driveway itself. It does best on loamy soil high in organic matter and also tolerates drought, clay soil and pollution very well.
With such a fine selection of trees for driveways, you are guaranteed to make huge impact on your homes exterior. Remember when looking for trees for driveways we recommend going to your local garden center and ask a expert for further information.
We spoke to Mark from Terraform Driveways about the trees for driveways, he said ''Having theses type of trees is a great option for those looking to increase the amount of foliage around your driveway. Do note that tree roots can possibly effect your driveway so make sure you have the space to have trees.''
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