Trees Add Seasonal Color to Your Yard

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Purple Smoke Tree- Growing in full sun, this tree has purple leaves. Smoke Tree varieties have different foliage colors. A light purple flower appears with an airy, cloudy appearance. These trees are drought tolerant with a height up to 15 feet.

Dogwood– Our state flower is a great addition to any yard. If planted in the shade, this tree can reach 40 feet. However, if planted in the sun it will reach approximately 20 feet in height.

Kentucky Coffee Tree– This tree is a great addition for winter landscapes. The female trees produce a pod that has a coffee odor while the male trees lack these pods. It can get up to 75 feet tall and can add shade to your landscape. Female trees have a fragrant flower. Gold/Yellow leaf color in the fall.

Flowering Cherry Tree– Reaching about 30 feet in height with a white flower, this tree is very desirable. It has a nice fragrance that will be a great addition to your landscape.

Cornelian Cherry- With yellow blooms, red berries, and attractive foliage in the fall, this tree is a very pretty addition to your landscape. It spreads by suckers that should be removed after they appear. Grows up to 25 feet.

Southern Magnolia- Dark green leaves with cream-colored flowers with a great odor. A number of different cultivars that range in height, these trees can get up to 80 feet tall typically.

Sweet Bay Magnolia- With a smaller flower than the southern magnolia, it does not have as many branches. It is another great tree that is native with a good fragrance. Can reach up to 100 feet tall.

Tulip Poplar- Yellow/green cupped flowers are featured on this tree that grows up to 120 feet. Not a very hardy tree as it is sensitive to several issues. Can be a great tree in natural settings.

Red Maple- Known more for its red color in the fall, it has pretty flower that is small in size. It flowers between January and March in North Carolina. They are usually 40 to 70 feet tall but can exceed that.

Red Buckeye- Grows to 15-25 feet with pretty red flowers that attract hummingbirds. It does best in partial shade. It is poisonous so do not eat the seeds or any other part of the plant.

Hawthorn– With a white flower and red berries that appear in the fall, it is very similar to the dogwood tree. It can get to about 30 feet in height depending on the variety.

Black Locust- Growing to a height of 50 to 70 feet with white flowers this tree can send out new shoots off of its roots. It is best to not have in landscapes. It has brittle branches and a relatively short lifespan of 90 years. It is native to the North Carolina mountains and attracts hummingbirds.

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