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Shade Trees

Is there any better way to spend a sultry Tampa summer afternoon than swinging in a hammock beneath a shady tree? In addition to creating an aura of peace and tranquility, a large shade tree can reduce the cooling costs of your home and make outdoor entertaining a delight. Planting a tree is good for you and good for the environment.

Large shade trees can take time to mature. Plant a younger tree as an investment in your family’s future or choose a full-grown specimen to begin enjoying plentiful shade this summer. Popular Tampa shade trees include the distinctive and symbolic live oak. The open branch pattern of this tree allows grass or other plants to grow in its shadow. Drake elm is a sturdy tree with attractive bark and multi-colored foliage that is visually stunning in any season. These impressive trees improve air and soil quality, screen your home from noisy streets or neighbors and increase the value of your property. Try a Japanese loquat to shade garden seating in smaller yards.

Shade trees develop deep root systems and rarely need watering. Place them along sidewalks for a warm and welcoming entrance or in front or back gardens to create sheltered spaces for outdoor living.

Plant a shade tree today. It’s good for the planet and good for you.