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Back Yard Shade Tree
The 80+ year old Silver Maple tree in the back yard is the primary shade tree in the back year.  However, it's health is slowing deteriorating due to it's age and topped off branches that have become hollow and sick.
Now it's time to investigate planting a new shade tree that will provide shade to the house and patio area.

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Back Yard Shade Tree Ideas

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London Plane Tree
Platanus x acerifolia        [Link]
A cross between our native sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and the oriental planetree (Platanus orientalis), the london planetree is good for open areas.  It reaches its mature size (70 to 100 feet tall and up to 120 feet wide). The peeling bark can range from olive green to creamy white, with an overall mottled effect; some consider the bark to be the tree's most ornamental feature. The Plane trees are large shade trees that are proven urban performers and have had a long history in cultivation. They grow rapidly and furnish quick shade:  a 10- to 12- foot tree reaches 20 feet in about five years and eventually become 40 to 100 feet tall and can soon become overwhelming.
 ++ Good shape and standard trunk   ++ Fast Growing  ++ Nice foliage  -- May overwhelm the house in 30 years.  --Seeds may be a problem

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Hawthorn Tree
May not be tall enough.  ++ Good shape and standard trunk --disease prone  --1- to 3-inch thorns;

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Common Hackberry
Celtis occidentalis
Native to most of north America and are extremely easy to establish.  Their tough branches resist breakage by wind, and because their root systems are deep and do not disturb sidewalks and other paving, they make excellent plantings along streets.  They grow moderately fast when young: plated at 6 to 8 feet, they usually reach a height of 25 to 35 feet with an equal spread in 10 to 15 years; after that their rate of growth slows.  White flowers in spring; bright red berries persist through winter .
++ Strong branches ++ Good shape and standard trunk  ++ Fast growing  -- May be too small for space

Maple Tree
(Red Maple, Blair Maple, Norway Maple, Sugar Maple)


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