The Best Trees to Plant in the Colorado Springs Area

The Best Trees to Plant in the Colorado Springs Area
The Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is a colorful choice for any landscape in the Colorado Springs area.

Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Trees in the Colorado Springs area (and in Colorado in general) face an array of challenges. Attacks and pressures from drought, pests, diseases, and floods make only the healthiest and hardiest trees survive.

This can make selecting trees for your yard a challenge. However, there are some tree species that have a proven track record of not only surviving in the Colorado Springs environment, but even thriving in this environment.

Here is a list of some tree species to consider for planting in your landscape:

  1. Tricolor Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
    This tree thrives at elevations up to 7,000 feet, as its broad leaves provide shelter from the sun and wind. Highly drought resistant, this tree provides color to any yard – as the name implies, it produces at least 3 different colors as the seasons pass.
  2. Bosnian Pine (Pinus heldreichii var. leucodermis)
    This hardy evergreen provides a year full of green color and the shade that a pine can bring, but does so without completely engulfing your yard. Bosnian pines are highly disease- and bug-resistant, while being the ideal size for many smaller yards in the Colorado Springs area.
  3. Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
    On the opposite end of the spectrum from Bosnian Pines, Bur Oaks grow to a spectacular size – and have the natural ability to grow in thin, even nutrient-depleted soil. The tree is excellent for providing shade and shelter from the sun and wind. They produce a large amount of acorns each year, which can be messy in your yard.
  4. Heritage River Birch (Betula nigra)
    This tree is resistant to the bronze birch borer as well as to cold harsh winters. It thrives at elevations as high as 7,500 feet as well, and grows well singularly or in clumps of trees. The tree displays color in its leaves – and even in its bark! As the bark exfoliates, it exposes areas of deep cinnamon-red and purple.
  5. Winter King Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis)
    Another tree that does well at high elevations and in drought conditions, the Winter King Hawthorn grows to a maximum of about 30 feet. It produces a blitz of white spring flowers that give way to scarlet berries through to the winter, making it a colorful ornamental tree.
The Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) can grow to incredible size, providing great shade!

Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)

More arborists advise that to keep your landscape healthy, you plant a mix of hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials that grow well together. They also advise that you consult a tree specialist before adding a tree to your yard. Some trees do thrive together; some do not. Some trees are carefree; others require a lot of care and cleanup.

Integrated Lawn & Tree Care has ISA-certified arborists on staff that can help you make a wise choice of tree for your Colorado Springs home or business. Whether you are planting one tree or a whole yard of trees, let the experts at Integrated Lawn & Tree Care help you make the right choices for your area.

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