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Xeriscaping With Trees in Your Yard

by Krystal Faticoni 03/11/2019

Your xeriscape plan now includes ornamental grasses for volume, flowering plants for color through the seasons and succulents for intense greenery, texture and ground-coverage. What about height? And shade! Shade trees are typically not tolerant of drought conditions, but there are a few different options, depending on your climate. So, what trees can you plant in your yard to continue your eco-conscious gardening quest? Here are a few ideas to add shade and stature to your yard. 

Oak — There are many varieties of oak trees. Most are drought tolerant, enjoy full sun and provide great shade for your yard. The oak that's best for you depends mostly on your climate zone and size of the yard. The following are three beautiful oak trees to consider. 

Live Oak — Enjoy a sizeable shade-heavy tree with this oak species native to America. Live Oak grows to about sixty feet, and its branches can expand up to 120 feet in width. Give your oak care while it establishes itself. Help it develop a branch structure with pruning during its first three years and enjoy your tree through mature growth and beyond. Establish this tree in your garden now and share with those who come after you for centuries.

Bur Oak — The Bur Oak can withstand extreme heat and drought and still grows up to eighty feet tall, and eighty feet wide. This oak does have a slow growth rate, increasing in size just up to twelve inches each year. The shade created by Bur Oak is dense, and its bark adds unique texture to your yard.

Red Oak — An incredibly stately tree, the Northern Red Oak is a fantastic choice for your yard. Growing slightly shorter in stature to the Live and Bur Oak, the Red Oak fits a smaller yard size with just a sixty to a seventy-foot height at maturity and a forty-foot width. Red oaks are particularly useful if you want fast growth in your yard. This tree gains up to two feet each year. 

Hackberry — Known by experts as one of the most robust trees capable of surviving in a variety of soils and conditions, the Hackberry should be on your list as a possible addition to your xeriscape. The Hackberry grows at a medium pace, around twelve to twenty-four inches per year and up to sixty feet tall and wide at maturity. Beautiful leaves and red berry-like fruit make this tree great for shade coverage and color. 

Sugar Maple — For an enormous burst of color in the fall add a Sugar Maple to your yard. Leaves change from deep green to red to orange to yellow creating a rainbow of interest. This moderately drought tolerant tree can grow in many climate zones and reaches up to seventy-five feet and fifty feet wide at its mature size. With a medium growth-rate, the Sugar Maple sees twelve to twenty-four inches of grown per year.

Trees are a more expensive part of your landscaping investment so be sure to research and select the best species and variety for your area. With proper selection and careful establishing these additions will provide color and shade to your xeriscape yard. Pair with your ornamental grasses, flowering plants, and succulents for the perfect drought-tolerant yard design.

If a xeriscape home is essential to you, tell your realtor now. They can help you find the yard design you want before you buy the property and save you the cost of an overhaul. Or, they can find a better deal for you on a home lacking in landscaping to keep room in your budget to create your dream xeriscape.

About the Author

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Krystal Faticoni

Full Time Realtor® servicing Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Gaston, Iredell and York counties. I have 10+ years experience in sales and customer service. She received many awards since breaking into the business. One of them that I'm most proud of is the Rising Stars of Real Estate I received shortly after entering the business. 

I'm confident with my work ethic, determination, negotiating skills and overall customer service, I can assist anyone with their real estate needs. First time home buyers and those looking to relocate, look no further. I stay side by side with my clients to assure they not only find exactly what they are looking for, negotiate the best deal possible and educate them along the way. I believe that buying and selling a home for most is one of the biggest purchase you will make in your life. I want my clients to understand the process from start to finish. I also enjoy new construction and investors as well. Need to sell your home in order to purchase another one? Having been through that I know exactly how nerve wrecking that can be. Let my past experiences and expertise guide you through the process smoothly. 

I am a wife and a mother of 2. When I'm not selling Real Estate you can find me out on the soccer fields. Both my children play travel soccer and my husband coaches for Pfeiffer University. I was born and raised in central New Jersey. I later moved to the shore where we purchased our first home and started our family. We made the move to NC in 2015. Since being here we've totally fallen in love with all the things this beautiful state has to offer. I also spend my time volunteering for Cabarrus County Special Olympics, where I'm on the committee. I am also a part of the Cabarrus County Parent Advisory Council, PTA, leader of our neighborhood HOA Social Committee and 

I'm a volunteer for the Mecklenburg County schools as well. A Child's Place is a non profit organization in Charlotte that I also volunteer with. I agree with Audry Hepbrun, when she said; "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands - one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

Licensed in North Carolina & South Carolina