Trees are cool.
They are natural air conditioners.
The evaporation of a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
In Palo Alto, CA, communities with trees averaged 6-8 degrees cooler temperatures than communities without trees.
Well-placed trees can reduce residential air conditioning costs 20-50%.
Do the math.
Planting trees is a good investment.
It's not a native. You can tell that by the name.
But it's trouble-free. No Dogwood Anthracnose. No Powdery Mildew or leaf spot. No expensive maintenance and yearly spraying. That's more than you can say about the native Dogwood, the popular Cornus florida.
And it has a jump on spring. It'll be flowering in about two weeks.
Want to liven up the winter?
Landscapes are usually designed and installed in the growing season with little thought of how they can contribute to the winter season. Here's some tips on how to remedy that oversight...
#1 Foliage. Evergreens are the backbone of a winter landscapes. Nothing more attractive in the winter than a snow covered conifer. But it's not just the conifers. There are some deciduous trees that hold the marcescent foliage through the winter. A young White Oak, for instance, makes a nice contrast to evergreens.