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Best Trees for Front Yard

A strategic tree selection and placement can provide shade, privacy, and even increase your property value. The key is to plant the right kinds of trees in the right places. Since different trees thrive in different climates, first determine your hardiness zone. With that information in hand, view our lists below to help achieve your goals.

Best Small Trees for a Front Yard

If you don’t have much space, but you still want to add beauty and interest to your small front yard, opt for an ornamental tree. These species are known for their flowers and/or fruit in the spring and beautiful foliage in the fall. Here are some of our favorites:

Best Shade Trees for a Front Yard

Do you envision sitting under a large shade tree in your front yard? If so, you need one that will mature into a tall, striking tree with a large canopy. Keep in mind that shade trees take years to fill in and require regular pruning to maintain a healthy shape and size. Our top picks include:

  • Oak tree (Zones 3-10, depending on the variety)
  • Larger Maples (Zones 3-9, depending on the variety)
  • Golden Rain tree (Zones 6-9)

Best Trees for Front Yard Privacy

The ideal way to achieve a natural privacy screen is with compact conifers. Some of the best options for this purpose include:

  • Arborvitae (Zones 2-7)
  • Spruce (Zones 2-8, depending on the variety)
  • Pine (Zones 2-10, depending on the variety)

You have many tree types to consider, and this can make the decision difficult. We can help! The Grounds Guys® can provide expert guidance on which trees would thrive in your yard and meet your goals. Find your nearest location today to get started on your project.