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Top 5 Trees and Shrubs for Fall Planting

Michael Nolan
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Every month, nearly a quarter-million people all over the world search the web for the phrase “when to plant trees”. If you are one of them, you will be happy to learn that for most trees and shrubs, fall is the best time to plant. The milder temperatures of the fall season give the tender roots of newly-planted trees and shrubs plenty of time to adjust and get settled into their new digs. This adjustment period is an important one as it sets the stage for the new growth that will come the following spring.

Eastern Redbuc Tree

When choosing a tree or shrub for your landscape, pay specific attention to the growth information that will be provided on the plant tag. In addition to climate, light, and water needs, the mature height and width dimensions should play a role in deciding if a particular plant will work in your yard. These measurements should be considered as well when planting trees or shrubs in beds or around other landscaping or structures. Avoid the temptation to plant more of a particular shrub while they are small and you will avoid the need to dig up overcrowded plants later.

Here are our our top 5 trees and shrubs for fall planting in your home landscape:

Trees for Fall Planting

  • Fruit Trees
  • Sugar Maple
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Yellow Poplar

Shrubs for Fall Planting

  • Encore Azalea
  • Viburnum
  • Firepower Nandina
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Boxwood

Remember that not all trees and shrubs will grow well in all regions. For a great selection of trees and shrubs that are ready for fall planting where you live, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.

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