landscaping trees in delaware

Asked August 19, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

We have recently moved into a new development in sussex county and will be requiring a few "not too big" trees for the front yard. Any suggestions? We would like trees with some interest. Iris B.

Sussex County Delaware

1 Response

Hello Iris,

Here is a list and VERY BRIEF descriptions of trees that you might like for your landscape. Take a look at them in nurseries or online to decide what pleases you. I've given you the common names and Latin names for your search.
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) gorgeous red fall color, nice shade tree
Lace Bark Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) amazing lacy bark
Honey Locust, Thornless (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis) also a light shade tree, fragrant white spring flowers, bright yellow fall color
Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) great red fall color
Golden Raintree (Koelreuteria paniculata) ornamental, yellow early summer blossoms, golden papery seed pods in October
Eastern Redbud (Cersis canadensis) for lawn or small spaces, showy flowers appear before leaves in spring
Thornless Hawthorne (Crataegus crusgalli inermis) also a screen tree, white or red flowers, crimson fall color, attracts birds, bees and butterflies
Carolina Silverbell (Halesia tetraptera) showy flowers in the spring
Paper Bark Maple (Acer griseum) cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark, red fall color
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) multi-trunked, looks good grouped where space allows
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) open/airy appearance, fragrant spring flowers
Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) cascading fragrant white flowers in July, scarlet/maroon/plum color in the fall
Flowering Crabapple (Malus florabunda) fragrant showy flowers in the spring, attracts wildlife, good in small groups
Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus) fragrant pendulous white flowers on bare branches in the spring, attracts butterflies
Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia) red candle-like spring flowers, attracts hummingbirds and bees
Nootka False Cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula') elegant evergreen tree
Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) evergreen also an accent tree
Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica) elegant evergreen also a screen tree, soft appearance
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginianus) evergreen lawn, screen, windbreak, foundation planting tree
American Holly (Ilex opaca) evergreen, female has red berries, male must be present in the area to pollinate, attracts wildlife
Juniper (Juniperus) evergreen, many shapes and sizes depending on species or cultivar, examples are 'Skyrocket', 'Spartan', 'Hollywood', 'Hetzii'

You will find that there are several cultivars of most of these options that you will want to investigate. In the end, you will need to suit your taste and budget. I hope that this list is sufficient to get you started.