To Tree or Not To Tree? The Best Types of Trees To Plant On Your Maryland Property

There is nothing better than sitting under the welcoming cover of a beautiful tree. Reading a book or sprawled out on a picnic blanket enjoying a sunny day. Planting trees on your property has many benefits, they not only enhance the aesthetics of your yard, but the right trees can also increase property value and decrease energy costs for your home. The positive environmental aspects include reducing stormwater runoff and absorbing CO2 from emissions. When looking to plant new trees, it’s important to ensure that the type of tree you choose will thrive. A multitude of factors including climate type, soil, pests, and the amount of sun can determine which trees are best suited for your yard.

If you own property in Maryland, you want to choose trees that are native to the state so they will successfully grow. Plant Hardiness Zones are determined by temperature with Maryland falling between Zone 5b to 8a. Choosing native trees will ensure that they survive in the correct temperatures. Excited to start planting? While Marylanders love everything crab, don’t go out and grab a crabapple seedling just yet. Many different trees can help you turn your backyard into a natural sanctuary.
Maryland-Native Trees
Here are several trees that would make excellent additions to your Maryland property.

Oak

Varieties: White Oak (Quercus alba), Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor), Willow Oak (Quercus phellos), Red Oak (Quercus rubra L), Chestnut Oak (Quercus prinus)

Different types of oak trees can be found all across the state. In 1909, a large White Oak tree was noticed in Wye Mills, Maryland. This tree became known as the Wye Oak. The Wye Oak inspired officials to name the White Oak the state tree of Maryland These trees are known for their longevity, living hundreds of years, and providing benefits to the local wildlife including shelter and food. Oaks, depending on the variety, can grow between 50 to 100 feet tall. Oaks produce acorns and some will flower in the Spring months.

Maple

Varieties: Red Maple (Acer rubrum), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

Maple trees produce various exquisite fall colors to create a wonderful attraction for your yard. They live for around 100 years and can grow in various habitats including rural areas, suburbs, and some urban habitats. These trees often grow between 40 and 100 feet and are extremely sturdy withstanding hot and cold temperatures. The Sugar Maple variety produces maple syrup while the Silver Maple produces flowers in the early Spring and fruits in April and May.

Evergreen

Varieties: White Spruce (Picea glauca) and Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Evergreen trees are lovely year-round and can be very useful to both you and the local wildlife. The White Spruce can grow in many different types of soil and can create a strong windbreak or buffer to your yard or home. It is also a very elegant tree that looks beautiful on any property. The Eastern White Pine can be a great winter home for wildlife. These trees can live at least 200 years.

Dogwood

Varieties: Flowering Dogwood tree (Cornus Florida)

While there are several types of Dogwood trees throughout the United States, the Flowering Dogwood tree (Cornus Florida), native to Maryland, blooms beautifully in April and May with white flowers. It also produces small orange-red fruit that is tempting for hungry birds. This is a deer-resistant tree that is considered perfect for gardens or smaller spaces because of its compact size.

Fruit & Nut-Bearing

Varieties: Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), Red Mulberry (Morus rubra), Winterberry (Ilex verticillata), Southern Crabapple (Malus angustifolia), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

Fruit or nut-bearing trees are an excellent source of sustenance for small wild animals and birds. Please be careful before trying to take a bite. The beautiful Winterberry tree produces berries that are toxic to humans and domestic pets but will often be snatched up by wild birds as a tasty treat. These types of trees keep animals fed especially when food is scarce.

If you are determined to plant a “crab” tree in your yard, the Southern Crabapple is a small flowering, a fruit-bearing tree native to Maryland that provides food and shelter for small mammals and deers. It can be planted anywhere in your yard, in different types of soils, and is one of the best trees for cross-pollination. You won’t get any blue crabs, but you will be creating a friendly space for pollinators.

Trimming and maintaining trees, taking down old or diseased trees, and removing stumps, ensures that your newly planted trees will thrive. Call the professionals at Hometown Tree experts today to help with the tree maintenance needed to keep your yard safe and beautiful.

Tree Flagging – The Last Visual Sign of Brood X

If you’ve recently noticed small branches dying, and the browning of leaves at increasing rates around your property you may be concerned about the well-being of your trees. Throughout the DMV area small branches are dying causing clusters of leaves on those branches to brown and eventually fall to the ground. This is likely nothing to be concerned over for your established trees, the “Tree Flagging” that’s showing up throughout the east coast is the last visual evidence of the Brood X Cicadas completing their life-cycle. Read More

Dangers of DIY Tree Removal

When deciding between removing trees on your property you have a few options: remove them yourself, ask a friend for help, or pay a company to remove them for you. The first two options are clear winners on price, but once you factor in safety, the risk to your property, and liability the companies offering expert tree removal quickly move into the lead. Here are some of the most common risks associated with DIY tree removal and why you’re better suited contacting a trained, licensed, and bonded professional like Hometown Tree Experts.  Read More

Nine Tree Care Tips & Techniques*

Nine comprehensive tree care tips will take you step by step, from selecting and planting the right tree to the care and upkeep of a mature tree.

It is important to remember that proper tree care starts when you select a tree and that what you do to your tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span. Following these steps will make sure your tree gets on the correct foot and remains healthy throughout its life. Read More

The Jacaranda Tree

If you’ve ever visited Los Angeles, California in May or June, you may have seen the iconic Jacaranda tree in full bloom. The Jacaranda features vibrant, purple flowers that help to brighten up a gloomy weather season that locals refer to as “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” Turns out, the Jacaranda’s presence in southern California can be attributed to Kate Sessions (see her bio link below), a pioneering female horticulturalist who leased and tended to 32 acres of land in San Diego in 1892 that was later re-named Balboa Park (visit link below). In this park, she planted many different plants and trees, including the Jacaranda. In the 1920s and ‘30s, the Jacaranda was planted extensively in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, becoming one of the most recognizable trees in the region. Read More

6 Steps to Spring Tree Care

By onthehouse on February 11, 2018

You may be looking out of your window at your yard and wondering, “where am I even going to start”. Bayeradvanced.com released an article that says, “trees are low-maintenance, not no-maintenance” and they are the right place to start. When it comes to spring care, tree maintenance should be high on your priority list. Here are six easy steps to taking care of your trees once spring arrives. Read More

Trees with Grassy Areas Soften Summer Heat

Trees on a suburban streetStudy on the cooling effect of black locust and linden trees in from Technical Univ. of Munich

Trees cool the environment; however, the degree of cooling depends greatly on the tree species and the local conditions. In a recent study, scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) compared two species of urban trees – the black locust and linden. Read More

Diseases of Pine Trees

Article by John Fech from March 14, 2018 Tree Service Magazine

Pines grow in most every state of the U.S., and are planted for many reasons. They offer year-round color, protect homes from wind and snow, subtle fragrance, harborage for wildlife and a great backdrop to help show off ornamentals planted in front of them. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to several maladies.

It’s important to keep pines viable by providing good tree care especially in two areas, separating trees from turf and proper planting procedures. These basic, but foundational factors are all-important and should always be a reference point when diagnosing tree maladies such as ones on pines. Read More