6 Trees To Beautify Your HOA Community Landscape
There are many benefits to living in a community run by a homeowner’s association (HOA). Residents can enjoy a community atmosphere, communal amenities, and well-maintained outdoor living spaces. The community landscape is another benefit of living in an HOA neighborhood. Most homeowners know very little about landscaping, what trees to plant, and how to properly maintain them. When the work is already done for them, it makes homeowner’s lives a little easier.
Planting trees is a great way to improve your community’s overall landscape. As most HOA landscapes are limited in size, it is recommended that you plant slow-growing trees, reaching 30-feet or less in height and width at full-term.
The first step to planting the right tree is understanding what USDA planting zone your HOA is located in. Planting zones are categorized by numbers ranging from three (starting in the north at the Canadian border) to ten (at the southern tip of Florida).
Here are Six Trees to Possibly Plant in your Community Landscape
- Flowering Dogwood
The Flowering Dogwood thrives in zones five through eight and is known for its glowing leaves and red fruit. It produces white or yellow flowers and a red stem in the winter, making it beautiful to look at year-round. Flowering Dogwoods grow 25-30 feet tall and wide. It is recommended to choose one that is resistant to specific diseases, such as dogwood anthracnose.
Crabapple trees grow between 6-30 feet tall and wide and do very well in zones three to eight, making them a popular choice for most of the United States. Another year-round tree, it has red buds that bloom into white, pink, or red blossoms during the spring, followed by apples in the autumn along with colorful foliage. They are a great choice if you are looking to attract wildlife to the area.
The Redbud is perfect for zones five through nine and have eye-catching white or pink flowers. The heart-shaped leaves turn golden during the autumn season and thrive when planted in direct or partial sunlight.
- Hazel Alder
The Hazel Alder grows well in direct sunlight or partial sun and grows between 10-20 feet. It is often planted near water or swampy areas to help restore the area in zones four to eight. This tree produces flowers before green leaves in the spring and has no serious disease or insect threats to the community.
- Saucer Magnolia
The Saucer Magnolia is also known for vibrant blooms in shades of pink, purple, or white during the spring. They are more challenging to grow and need full sunlight and plenty of room to reach its stature of 20 feet tall and wide.
- Winter King Hawthorn
This tree is slow-growing and produces dense foliage. It is recommended to plant along property lines for privacy. They produce white flowers and orange fruit that attract a variety of birds. Winter King Hawthorn trees grow best in zones four to seven.
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