Family Room window covering Tree
What tree or trees do you recommend for in front of my large family room window, which measures 18 feet wide by 20 feet high and starts 7 feet from the ground.? We still would like to view the backyard through the new tree(s) but would still like some window coverings for shade and privacy. This window faces North to slightly Northwest and is accessible to water but naturally moist and would like trees 4-6 feet away from windows. Thank you.
Arapahoe County Colorado
There is some homework that goes in to selecting the right tree. It is difficult to offer recommendations without knowing a lot of other requirements and considerations such as mature size requirement, space availability, flowering/non-flowering, fruit/no fruit, deciduous or evergreen, color, function (such as screen or accent), level of maintenance wanted, moisture availability, or planting multiples, just to name several.
Here is a list of tree that are rated for the Colorado Front Range. Note the ratings (‘A’ is generally recommended thru ‘D’ is not recommended), critical factors and comments:
CSU provides a lot of information for homeowners for selecting trees:
Large (greater than 30 feet tall):
Small (less than 30 feet tall):
Great plants noted from the CSU Arboretum:
Trees should be planted at least two-thirds of the mature height away from any structure. Also consider the canopy type and that you don't want it up against walls, windows, hanging over roofs or dropping leaves/needles in gutters that would be difficult to clean out. Branches in close proximity of roofs can also provide access for squirrels or other wildlife to gain access to your roof/attic. If you want the mature canopy to be 4-6 feet away from your windows, add that to the width if you select a tree that has a round or broad canopy.
- Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) mature tree size 50 feet tall x 40 wide. An ‘A’ rated tree with an oval/rounded shape. This tree provides filtered shade and turns golden yellow in the fall. The tree should be planted at least 35-40+ feet away from the house if you do not want the rounded shape to be in contact with your windows.
- Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra) mature tree size 50 feet tall x 25 wide. An ‘A’ rated tree with a conical shape. A very popular evergreen tree along the Front Range, and also makes a good windbreak. The tree would be planted at least 30 feet away from the house.
- Crimson Spire Oak (Quercus alba x robur) mature tree size 45 feet tall x 15 wide. An ‘A’ rated tree with a very narrow or columnar habit, nice fall color and is marcescence—meaning it retains its leaves throughout the winter. This tree would be planted at least 29 feet away from the house. Because of the columnar habit, these are sometimes planted in multiples.
- Homestead Buckeye (Aesculus x ‘Homestead’) mature tree size 35 feet tall x 25 wide. A highly recommended tree from the CSU Arboretum with a rounded and broad form with fall foliage in yellow, orange and red. Because of the broad form, it would be best planted at least 25+ feet away from the house.
- Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia x soulangiana) mature tree size 25 feet tall x 25 wide. An ‘A’ rated tree with a rounded shape and pretty blooms in mid-April. The tree would be planted at least 25+ feet away from the house because of the rounded shape.
- Peking Lilac (Syringa pekinensis) mature tree size 20 feet tall x 20 wide. Another highly rated tree from the CSU Arboretum with a rounded growth habit and cream colored flowers in the early summer. The tree would be planted at least 20+ feet away from the house because of the very rounded habit.
- Big Tooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) mature tree size 20 feet tall by 15 wide. An ‘A’ rated tree with a broad, spreading canopy. Generally grown as a multi-stemmed tree with striking red, orange and yellow fall color. The tree would be planted at least 15+ feet away from the house because of the broad canopy.
- Guinevere Crabapple (Malus ‘Guinzam’) mature tree size 10 feet tall x 10 wide. Another highly rated tree from the CSU Arboretum with a rounded growth habit, white flowers in May and bright red fruit. The tree would be planted at least 10+ feet away from your house because of the rounded habit.