Stay Cooler with Shade | Evergreen Nursery

Stay Cooler with Shade

magnolia branches

As the weather starts to warm up and energy bills start to rise, it’s nice to have a cool, private spot to sit and enjoy your garden. It’s time to start thinking about adding some shade to your yard!

Shade trees are a wonderful investment, and Evergreen Nursery has hundreds to choose from. A well-placed shade tree will increase the value of your home and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Out in your garden, the temperature under the canopy of a shade tree can drop as much as 10 degrees. Large trees and plants are natural air purifiers, too! Shade trees will also add privacy, which adds to the overall enjoyment of your yard. 

Here at Evergreen we have shade trees in all shapes and sizes to fit your needs. Before purchasing, you’ll need to consider the size of the tree at maturity. Make sure you have adequate space for height, and for the width of the canopy. Also keep in mind that roots can spread to 3 times the diameter of the canopy.

The following are a few choices for smaller shade trees that grow to heights of up to 40 feet:

  • Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) – a graceful tree with fernlike leaves and large clusters of purple flowers in spring.

  • Strawberry Marina Tree (Arbutus ‘Marina’) – a medium sized evergreen with delicate, bell-like pink flowers and attractive red bark.

  • European White Birch (Betula pendula) – A lacy and delicate-looking deciduous tree with white bark and moderately weeping branches. A fast grower, too!

  • New Zealand Christmas Tree (Metrosideros excelsa) – A rounded evergreen with grayish-green leaves and bright red bottlebrush flowers in summer. Grows well near the coast.

  • Peppermint Willow (Agonis flexuosa)– An excellent small tree for gardens, with long leaves on weeping branches. Leaves smell like peppermint when crushed.

For added height, the following trees can reach stately heights of up to 60 feet or more:

  • Brisbane Box (Lophostemon confertus) – An upright, broadleaf evergreen with white flowers in spring and summer.

  • Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia) – A fast growing, semi-evergreen tree with attractive bark and a large, umbrella shaped canopy.

  • Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) – A broadleaf evergreen with large, fragrant white flowers in summer. A great choice for larger spaces.

  • Calabrian Pine (Pinus eldarica) – An upright, rapid-growing evergreen conifer with long needles that is drought tolerant; also does well in coastal areas.

For more inspiration, take a look at our trees list here: Or better yet, come see us at Evergreen Nursery and start imagining how much cooler your summers can be.arbutus marina